Diabetes egg study separates experts

THE creators of a controversial CSIRO weight-loss diet are now challenging the dogma that egg consumption may be harmful to people with type 2 diabetes.

CSIRO food and nutritional sciences researchers claim that consuming two eggs per day over three months provided benefits in metabolic control in people with diabetes on a high-cholesterol, energy-restricted diet, compared to a group eating a low-cholesterol diet.

The Australian Egg Corporation-funded study of 65 people was portrayed as “ground-breaking” in a media release, but experts say the claim is misleading and exaggerated.

On average, both groups in the study lost 6 kg, reduced total cholesterol by 0.3 mmol/L, HbA1c by 0.6% and systolic blood pressure by 7.6 mmHg over 12 weeks. 

People in the high cholesterol-intake group had greater increases in HDL-C, plasma folate and lutein compared with controls.

Lead author Egg Corporation adviser Professor Manny