“It’s OK to eat foods rich in cholesterol,” the Los Angeles Times claimed about the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines for 2015-2020.
“Go ahead and have some eggs,” wrote the Washington Post. The Guidelines are “stepping back” from previous advice about cholesterol, the newspaper explained.
Boy, does the news media love “man-bites-dog stories” to attract their readers’ attention, even if the stories are wrong.
The new U.S. Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture do not say the limits are off on cholesterol.
Yes, the Guidelines did stop suggesting a specific daily limit of 300 mg. “But this change does not suggest that dietary cholesterol is no longer important to consider when building healthy eating patterns,” the Guidelines stated.
In fact, according to the Guidelines, “individuals should eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible while consuming a healthy eating pattern.” A healthy diet would contain 100 to 300 mg of cholesterol a day, it suggested.
Why the continued attention to cholesterol?
“Strong evidence” from scientific studies “has shown that eating patterns that include lower intake of dietary cholesterol are associated with reduced risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease).”
That hasn’t changed.
Dietary cholesterol is found only in animal foods such as egg yolk, dairy products, shellfish, meats, and poultry. A few foods, notably egg yolks and some shellfish, are higher in dietary cholesterol but not saturated fats.
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