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Could eggs be the new cigarettes?
A new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis suggests that regularly eating egg yolks could be nearly as bad for your heart as smoking.
The research showed that people who eat three or more yolks per week showed levels of plaque buildup two-thirds as much as smokers.
This is dangerous because plaque buildup in the arteries limits the amount of blood that can pass through, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Scared yet? Here's another hair-raising fact: the amount of cholesterol in a single egg yolk is equal to the recommended intake of cholesterol for a WHOLE WEEK.
"One jumbo chicken egg yolk has about 237 milligrams of cholesterol," study author Dr. David Spence told reporters. FYI - Last year, the average American consumed 247 eggs, over 40 percent more than the world per-capita average.
But before you freak out and ban eggs from the breakfast table forever, just remember that stress is also bad for your heart.
And as for whether they're as dangerous to your health as cigarettes - I would simply point out that I've never heard of anyone getting addicted to omelettes, or getting sick from second-hand yolk.
Megan Sayers is the managing editor for ModernMom. Follow her on Twitter @MeganSayers