A new US study is an important addition to the old debate about eggs (AFP Photo/GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT)More

Washington (AFP) – The debate over whether eggs are good for you is age-old: while a good source of protein, they also contain potentially harmful cholesterol.

Now, a new study — published Friday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) — has weighed in.

After analyzing 30,000 Americans from six separate studies, researchers concluded that eating an extra half-egg a day increased the risk of cardiovascular disease (six percent) and premature death (eight percent) over the study period.

That is relatively little, especially given that a half-egg daily is double what the average American eats.

Separately, the study found an additional 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day

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