March 02, 2015 | 78,174 views | Disponible en Español
Many Americans are still under the false impression that eating cholesterol-rich foods will cause your cholesterol levels to skyrocket and increase your risk of heart disease.
Many also avoid healthy animal foods like butter, grass-fed beef, and eggs because the cholesterol they contain has been vilified by conventional nutritionists working off of public-health agency guidelines.
As recently as 2010, US dietary guidelines described cholesterol-rich foods as “foods and food components to reduce.”1 They advised people to eat less than 300 milligrams (mg) per day, despite mounting evidence that dietary cholesterol has very little to do with cholesterol levels in your body.
Now, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has done a complete about-face. They are finally acknowledging what the science shows, which is that “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”2
This latter statement, which came from a DGAC meeting, is expected to change the books, so to speak, when it comes to dietary cholesterol recommendations in the soon-to-be-released 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The 2015 guidelines have not yet been finalized, but, according to a report in the Washington Post, “a person with direct knowledge of the proceedings said the cholesterol finding would make it to the group’s final report, which is due within weeks.”3