Scientists at Harvard School of
Medicine, who studied the eating
habits of 27,000 men over 14 years,
suspect the damage is done by the
cholesterol and choline in eggs.
199 of the men in the study developed lethal prostate cancer. The men ate the most eggs at were at a significantly higher risk than those who ate less eggs. No significant link was established with any other food.
Although there are potentially other lifestyle factors involved this article cautions against eating them too.
Every study that looks at eggs vs Disease X usually finds a correlation. Why? Because eggs aren't considered a "health" food, so you have health nuts who avoid eggs because of perceived health benefits of doing so. This leads to a number of confounding variables: egg eaters have less healthy habits (smoking, drinking, exercise, other food choices, etc) vs egg non-eaters. It's quite likely there's a confounding variable causing this apparent relationship.
In this case the “evidence” that
eating more than 2.5 eggs a week is
associated with a large increase in
risk for prostate cancer-specific
mortality is based on data from 199
men who died of prostate cancer in a
total sample size of 27,000. Of these
199 men, just 55 (about 0.2 percent of
the total sample) reported eating more
than 2.5 eggs per week. What is more,
this association appears to take
little to no account of a whole
variety of other factors that might
have also influenced the risk of
prostate cancer-specific mortality in
I have long considered the consumption of eggs (organic) to be an important part of a healthy diet and have eaten two every day for 75 years. I don not however eat much beef
or any processed meats. Do you think it is better to eat butter substitutes such as those containing palm oil, than to eat butter? Steve