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The Wall Street Journal reports that a new study from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine concludes that “eggs may not be so good for you after all.” The study links “higher consumption of dietary cholesterol with cardiovascular disease and death.”

The specifics:

“Eating 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol a day was associated with a 17% higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and an 18% higher risk of death from any cause, researchers determined from analyses of the eating and health patterns of a diverse population of 29,615 U.S. adults over several years.

“Eating three to four eggs a week was linked with a 6% higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and an 8% higher risk of dying from any cause.”

The story notes that “the findings are likely to feed into a long-running debate over whether eggs are harmful or beneficial to health, as they become increasingly trendy and U.S. consumption grows.”
KC's View:

It was bad weekend for practiced behaviors.

Not only was egg consumption thrown into doubt, but there also was a story in the Wall Street Journal about how “ low-dose aspirin shouldn’t be given on a routine basis for the purpose of preventing heart attacks and other heart disease in people 70 and older or adults of any age who are at increased risk of bleeding.”

I’m not at risk for anything as far as I know, except for my age making me more at risk for everything. But I’ve been taking baby aspirin daily for like 20 years, and I eat eggs a couple of times a week.

Go figure - the Sunday bacon from Applegate that I ate yesterday morning was the healthiest thing I had for breakfast. (It was certainly the most delicious.)