Back in the 70s, a kind of hysteria evolved among health experts and consumers in the U.S. because of a possible association between eggs and cardiovascular disease. “Eggs were viewed almost as poison pills because they are high in cholesterol,” says Walter Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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Eggs are indeed high in cholesterol, and high cholesterol levels in the blood raise the risk of heart disease. But no studies at the time had shown that eating eggs could increase the risk of a heart attack. And in fact more recent studies suggest that eating eggs doesn’t seem to raise the levels of cholesterol in your blood by much, anyway.