Good news, breakfast burrito lovers. Recent research suggests that eating eggs can prevent strokes by 12 percent if consumed daily. One maligned as a cholesterol-dense death food, eggs are on the rebound as a protein-packed breakfast option that, if new studies are to be believed, can keep your brain fit too. The research, published in a new issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, suggests that eggs can have a positive impact on cardiovascular health. And the healthier your heart is, the less likely you are to suffer a stroke—the medical term for when plaque buildup in the arteries travels northwards to the brain and can cause paralysis and death. That western omelet sounds pretty good now, no?
The research review (a fancy term for an overall aggregation of smaller research studies) suggested that seven separate studies on the link between egg consumption and cardiovascular health was strong enough to indicate a correlation between the two. This flies in the face of previous research, which suggested that eggs are unhealthy in most cases. In fact, one magazine went so far as to ask if eggs and cigarettes were equally harmful in terms of health effects. Only last year, the US government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans lifted its limitation on dietary cholesterol, which helped drive home the case for healthy eggs being back in vogue.
But before we all get too excited about making 12-egg omelets, take heed. The research review hasn't pinpointed exactly why eggs are good for our cardiovascular health—it just suggested that the benefits are tangible. And the review was partially funded by the Egg Nutrition Center, otherwise known as the research arm of the American Egg Board. So there's still plenty of research still to come, and not much is known about the specifics of why eggs and strokes are related. But if you were worried that eating eggs could take years off your life, you can rest easy. Now if we could determine if bottomless brunches are good for your liver, we'd really be making steps toward living our best lives.