A study finds that eating eggs is as dangerous as smoking. Junk research just hit a new low.

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I’m sure there are serious clinical investigators out there who would love to throttle so-called “researchers” who produce embarrassing, boneheaded junk.

Here’s the latest study conclusion that’s custom made for the trash heap: Eating eggs is as bad for you as smoking.

To understand how completely moronic that is, here’s a handy gauge to go by…

Eating egg yolks might actually protect you from some of the damage caused by cigarettes.

Ironic, isn’t it? But what makes it so irritating is knowing that some people will hear about this junk study and stop eating eggs.

And that will NOT be good for their health.

The antioxidant factor

The new trial finds that regular egg consumption is nearly as bad as smoking. Both “habits” increase the thickness of your carotid arteries.

Well…in theory. Even the researchers admit that their work produces a “hypothesis,” not a result.

The Atlantic magazine is one of the few mainstream media outlets that saw this study for the huge turkey it is.

The author, Kristin Wartman, says what I’ve been saying for years. Cholesterol intake from egg yolk does no harm. She notes that well over half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels. And about half of all heart disease patients have normal LDL levels.

Oddly, even the lead researcher of the egg study isn’t concerned about the very slight bump in cholesterol that eggs may cause. He tells Wartman about his real concern. He says that a high cholesterol meal increases oxidative stress.

Well, his worries are over!

Last year, I told you about new research from Canada. That study revealed that digestive enzymes convert egg proteins into peptides. And those peptides have a powerful antioxidant activity.

So you can rest easy about the oxidative stress. The egg is equipped to take care of that.

Meanwhile, eggs — yolks and all — are loaded with nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids, essential amino acids, vitamins D and E, and a host of B vitamins. And then round that out with ample minerals: calcium, potassium, and iron.

Now… Compare that to cigarettes. What do you get?

Embarrassing, boneheaded junk.

“Egg yolk consumption and carotid plaque” Atherosclerosis, Published online ahead of print 8/10/12, atherosclerosis-journal.com

“Sunny-Side Up: In Defense of Eggs” Kristin Wartman, The Atlantic, 8/27/12, theatlantic.com

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