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This Morning doctor debunks theory that eating three eggs a week increases risk of premature death

A doctor on This Morning has shut down the theory that eating three eggs a week increases the risk of premature death by a fifth.

A study, recently published in PLOS Medicine, claims that those who consumed an additional 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day (about three eggs a week) were 19% more likely to die over the next 16 years.

The experts, who carried out the study are now urging people to use egg whites or to switch to an egg substitute.

However, speaking via video link on Thursday’s This Morning, Dr Nighat told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that we need to take the theory ‘with a pinch of salt’.

She explained that the study was only small and that there are so many health benefits from eating eggs.

‘We have to take it with a pinch of salt,’ she began. ‘We have absolutely got to be serious about this because the study is small, it needs to be checked by various other studies.

‘We have got to look at the mounting evidence that eggs are really good for us and we have known that for a very long time.

They have got loads of vitamin D, 40% of our daily requirement of vitamin D. They’re a high source of protein, they’ve got Omega-3’s in there, vitamin B.

‘Our vitamin A which is great for our eyes as well and we know that their calorific count isn’t that much.

‘Depending on the size of the egg that you have, a smaller egg, 50 calories, a bigger egg, 80 calories. That’s great if you’re looking for a healthier way of living your life and might even promote weight loss.’

‘They are quite filling and those are the sort of things that we should be looking at,’ she continued.

‘You can take the egg apart and I’ve done that many times and look at the research but you’ve got to look at research not just in the individual case, you’ve got to look at the mountains of evidence on both sides really.’

Dr Nighat went on to add that it’s all about how the egg is prepared, if you boil an egg it’s going to be healthier than when you fry an egg.

She also emphasised that when small studies like that are published, it is ‘dangerous’.

She added: ‘Don’t be put off by one study.’

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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