Cholesterol’s Comeback

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines surrounding cholesterol have been wrong.


Don’t worry about cholesterol in your food. That’s the counsel being offered by the scientific advisory panel for the 2015 iteration of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. If the recommendations are adopted, it would signal a major about-face in governmental dietary advice.

For 50 years, government agencies and mainstream medical establishments have advised Americans to lower their intake of dietary cholesterol — despite growing research that disputes its reputation as the primary culprit behind heart disease.

“Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption,” stated the panel after its review of current scientific literature and medical knowledge.

“It’s the right decision,” Steven Nissen, MD, chair of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, told USA Today. “We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.”

This doesn’t mean that health warnings about cholesterol in your bloodstream are changing, just that experts now believe the cholesterol in food is not at fault.

The dietary guidelines are updated every five years and have broad reach, including school-lunch programs.

Follow this story and see our past coverage of cholesterol at “Cholesterol’s Comeback“.

Heidi Wachter is Experience Life's staff writer.

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