New research reveals the humble egg can reduce the risk of high blood pressure by 21 per cent. Currently, over one in three Australian adults have high blood pressure, increasing the incidence of several chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease.The latest findings found that egg consumption was associated with a lower risk of developing high blood pressure, suggesting eggs are a healthy protein choice for those looking to lower their risk of high blood pressure. The most common risk factors for the condition include poor diet, excessive weight and insufficient physical activity; and with obesity on the rise in Australia it is more important than ever to make smart food choices.According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), over 34 per cent of Australians aged 18 and over have high blood pressure. The condition can lead to the development of chronic diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure and chronic kidney disease.Australian General Practitioner, Dr Ginni Mansberg has commented: “People often associate eggs as a food that is bad for blood pressure, when the reality is that the protein found in eggs can reduce the risk of high blood pressure. This is a massive game changer for those at risk of high blood pressure as it comes with a reduced risk of heart disease too!“Eggs are a highly nutritious food choice and should be included daily as part of a healthy and balanced diet.”Eggs are linked to several health benefits. As advancements in research continue to uncover the proven nutritional benefits of the humble egg, Australian’s are upping their daily consumption to an average of 17 million eggs per day –that’s approximately 245 eggs per person, per year.Recent nutritional findings also revealed eggs are one of very few foods that contribute significantly to our daily intake of choline, which is essential for brain development and function. They are also the most bioavailable food source. Choline enables our body to do everyday things including helping to retain memory, boosting brain function and maintaining metabolism.“Australians are confidently reaching for a carton of eggs more than ever before. In just one egg there are 11 different vitamins and nutrients, packed into only 74 calories,” said Dr Mansberg.