Combatting misconceptions about eggs and heart health


In a move to combat heart disease in Australia, Australian Eggs has partnered with Hearts4Heart. Together, they aim to raise awareness and dispel misconceptions about egg consumption and its impact on heart health.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects over 4 million Australians and imposes a significant economic burden, costing the nation $5 billion annually. With CVD being a leading cause of death in Australia, there’s an urgent need for better education about heart health and overall well-being.

Australian Eggs, renowned for its nutritional expertise, emphasises the importance of a balanced diet rich in whole foods for cardiovascular health. Rowan McMonnies, Managing Director of Australian Eggs, highlights the partnership’s focus on educating Australians about healthy lifestyle choices, including the role of eggs in a balanced diet.

“We are pleased to join forces with Hearts4Heart, and a key component of our partnership is helping Australians prevent or manage risk factors for heart disease by providing education and advice on what constitutes a healthy lifestyle that incorporates eggs as part of a balanced diet,” McMonnies said.

Despite past misinformation, eggs are recognised as a nutritional powerhouse, containing 13 essential nutrients vital for overall health, including heart health. They are a valuable source of whole protein and contribute to energy levels and a robust immune system.

Addressing obesity, a major risk factor for heart disease affecting 12 million Australians, requires a concerted effort towards education and healthier living. Tanya Hall, CEO of Hearts4Heart, emphasises the importance of positive lifestyle habits such as healthy eating, regular exercise, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption in reducing cardiovascular risk.

“By partnering with Australian Eggs, we hope to further educate healthcare professionals and Australians about heart disease and the simple ways you can look after yourself,” she said.

Contrary to past beliefs, the Australian Dietary Guidelines do not restrict egg consumption. Eggs can be part of a heart-healthy diet and are an excellent protein option. They also serve as a nutritious snack.

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Ritchelle is a Content Producer for Healthcare Channel, Australia’s premier resource of information for healthcare.

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