A new study indicates eggs may be as bad for your arteries as smoking.
Researchers at the Unversity of Western Ontario found that both smoking and egg consumption independently caused plaque in human arteries to exponentially increase. The Atlantic reports that the study showed egg consumption had two thirds of the effect of smoking on artery health.
The study looked at more than 1,200 patients with an average age of 62. Volunteers had the plaque in their arteries measured and then had their lifestyles surveyed.
Medical Daily said that those who smoked or ate at least three eggs per week were found to have exponentially higher plaque.
Previous studies have linked egg consumption with higher bad, LDL cholesterol but have also found that they boost good, HDL cholesterol.
This new study adds to the bad news about protein-packed eggs, which the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute has already said should only be consumed about four times weekly—including in processed foods.