(CNN) - Eating eggs could be just as bad as smoking, depending on how many you eat.
A new study suggests just three egg yolks per week can accelerate heart disease almost as much as smoking.
The study's lead author said while the general public believes smoking is far worse for your health, smoking and eating cholesterol both increase cardiovascular risks.
The results show patients who ate three or more yolks each week had significantly more plaque in their arteries than patients who ate fewer than three per week.
You can find the study online in the journal, Atherosclerosis.