Are Egg Yolks as Bad as Cigarettes?

New study suggests regular egg yolk consumption mimics cigarettes' affect on the heart.
3:00 | 08/15/12

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Now, to the new medical study we told you about that's grabbing headlines, warning that eating egg yolks could be nearly as bad for you as smoking cigarettes. How concerned should you be about what's on your breakfast plate perhaps right now? Dr. Richard besser is here to break this all down for us. This is truly a dramatic headline. Tell us what the study is saying. It's a study out of canada and a big study. The researchers took people that had hardening of tarteries. The impact of eating eggs was just as bad as in people who smoke cigarettes. You have concerns about this study. Perhaps, did it take into account a person's exercise routine or other factors? Right. Eggs keep getting a bum rap. First, they're really good for you. Then, they're bad for you. This is another one where they're bad for you. There's a number of things that affect your cholesterol they didn't look at that people can pay attention to. Exercise is a great way to lower your cholesterol. Limiting saturated fats and transfats by reading labels. Maintaining a healthy weight. Those reduce your cholesterol. I thought by putting eggs on the table, having my kids eat eggs, that was good for all of us. What is the right amount of eggs to eat so you can feel safe and healthy for you and your children? Eggs are a great source of balanced protein and many vitamins. Here's what you have to pay attention to. An egg a day. If you have heart disease, limit that to four eggs. You want to include the eggs in prepared foods. Read labels. Ice cream, that counts as eggs, if you have eggy ice cream. If you're cholesterol sensitive, ask for the egg whites. You can get an egg white omelet and enjoy the benefits of the eggs without the cholesterol. I like the three-egg omelet. Or three-egg omelet once or twice a week. George, over to you. We're going to go west now,

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