Dec 14, 2019

Study: 60% of research on eggs' cholesterol effect is industry-funded

In this image, a man stands holding a plastic bag of eggs while standing in front of two large crates of eggs with two chickens standing on top.

A man purchases eggs in Nantong, Jiangsu Province of China on Dec. 2019 Photo: Xu Congjun/VCG via Getty Images

After reviewing 153 studies that analyzed eggs' effect on blood cholesterol, a new report by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says that industry-funded studies downplayed eggs' potentially negative health effects.

What they found: Over 85% of the analyzed studies demonstrated that eggs negatively effect blood cholesterol, the Washington Post reports — whether those studies were funded by the industry or not.

  • The analysis also found that 60% of studies on eggs' effect on cholesterol were funded by the egg industry between 2010 and 2019.
  • Mickey Rubin, director of the American Egg Board’s Egg Nutrition Center, told the Post that the study's findings are consistent — but he noted that "increases in cholesterol are not always bad," since higher levels of HDL cholesterol are beneficial.

Go deeper: Cholesterol studies promoted the sunny side of eggs, but the research was hatched out of industry funding (Washington Post)

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