Women who eat over three eggs a week have lower body weight, study claims

There is an overwhelming amount of information out there about how to shed pounds and lose unwanted weight.

From intermittent fasting to meal plans that consist of shakes, a new fad diet seems to pop up every day.

But a recent study has revealed that one common food that you can eat everyday can help shift weight, even on a higher calorie diet.

Researchers found that people who eat more than three eggs a week were more likely to have a better lipid profile.

Lipids are fat-like molecules that circulate in the bloodstream and are linked to high cholesterol.

Cholesterol and another type of blood fat called triglycerides cannot circulate loosely in the blood, so they travel in ‘round parcels’ called lipoproteins.

Lipoproteins contain a special mix of fats and proteins which can cause issues with cholesterol, and can lead to heart disease.

The study found that women with a higher egg consumption have an overall better lipid profile, compared to those who ate less than one egg each week.

They also had on average a lower body weight, even with a higher calorie diet.

Dr. Rona Antoni, Research Fellow in Nutritional Metabolism. BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics, PhD Nutritional Sciences, said: “This is a positive study showing that moderate egg consumption was not associated with adverse outcomes in women and that the top egg consumers had reduced co-morbidities.

“Interestingly, total energy intake was greatest in the highest quartile of egg intake, but body weight in this quartile was lowest.

“This suggests that the top egg consumers may have been more physically active and/or had healthier lifestyles.

“This is a major difference between this study and US studies, where greater egg consumption is often associated with unhealthy lifestyles.”

Dr. Andrew Odegaard, Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of California, has shared the limitations of this study.

The epidemiology expert told the Mirror: “The article is a single snapshot in time (i.e., cross-sectional and there is no temporality between egg intake and outcome measures). Thus it is the perfect scenario to attribute some meaning to results which do not add to the evidence base.

“My general thoughts are that the overall dietary pattern is most salient for health, and looking at individual foods is limited in what it can inform without a much more robust and clear analysis,” added Dr. Odegaard.

Dr. Antoni, said that the study was conducted in Spain, where women often consume Mediterranean diets, compared to other populations.

The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating that’s rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and peas, unrefined grains, olive oil and fish.

The diet has been consistently linked with health benefits, including helping to reduce obesity, and it can also lower the risk of chronic issues such as cardiovascular diseases.

According to the NHS: “The Mediterranean diet varies by country and region, so it has a range of definitions.

“But in general, it’s high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil.

“It usually includes a low intake of meat and dairy foods.”

The findings of the study suggest that women who regularly eat eggs have better quality diets and on average are slimmer than non-egg eaters, claims Dr Antoni.