The Checkup: Eggs as Bad for You as Smoking

Just the news you wanted to hear as you're making weekend brunch plans, right?

• Bad news, guys. A new study found that egg yolks are almost as bad for your heart as smoking, accelerating heart disease by increasing plaque build up at about two-thirds the rate of smoking. Those who ate three or more egg yolks a week had significantly more build-up in their arteries than those who ate two or less, the study found. The good news: If you stick with mainly egg whites, you’re in the clear. “The issue is with the yolk, not the egg, says [study author David] Spence, who is also a professor of neurology at the University of Western Ontario’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. ‘One jumbo chicken egg yolk has about 237 milligrams of cholesterol,’ ” he told CNN Health. Yikes. Time to switch to egg-white omelets.

• Sigh. More bad news: NPR reports that those styrofoam cups of instant soup are super dangerous for kids. The cups are flimsy and not very sturdy, so the cups easily tip over, posing a particular risk to toddlers and kids who grab at them. A burn-unit doctor quoted in the piece says his hospital sees two to three patients a week (!) who’ve been injured by soup-in-a-cups.

• True, the health link here is tenuous, at best, but I feel the need to end the week on something a bit, er, lighter. So, go—read this: An(other) NPR story about how President Obama has turned the White House into a home-brew house. He’s got his chefs cranking out bottles of home-brew beer using ingredients from Mrs. Obama’s flourishing White House garden.