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Gundersen nutritionist weighs in on study linking eggs to heart disease

Drew Kelly

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Enjoying some eggs for breakfast today? You might be killing yourself in the long run.

According to a new study by a UMASS lowell nutrition expert, increased egg consumption is linked with heart disease.

Halley Molstad with Gundersen Health System in La Crosse pushed back on the “eggs are my protein source,” argument.

“There are other things you can consume for that source,” Molstad said. “Plant-based proteins, naturally don’t contain any cholesterol. You could eat nuts, beans or even lentils.”

The study tracked 30,000 adults for as long as 31 years to come up with the conclusion.

If you are going to have some eggs for breakfast, you might be better off eating them in a certain fashion.

“If you’re doing a poached egg or hard boiled, that’s preferable,” Molstad said. “When you are frying it in baking grease you are adding in other saturated fats and cholesterol.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, people ate an average of 279 eggs in 2017, compared with 254 eggs in 2012.

Meanwhile, current U.S. dietary guidelines do not offer advice on the maximum number of eggs individuals should eat each day.

Molstad said, in the end, it’s all about balance and responsibility.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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