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Cholesterol’s Comeback

Federal panel recommends dropping cholesterol as a nutrient of concern in forthcoming dietary guidelines update.

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Don’t worry about cholesterol in your food — that’s the latest recommendation from an advisory panel for the forthcoming governmental Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

If included in the final report, due out in fall 2015, it would signal a major about-face in dietary advice.

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

“Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption,” stated the panel, charged with providing guidance for the guidelines based on a review of current scientific literature and medical knowledge.

Steven Nissen, MD, chair of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, told USA Today, “It’s the right decision. 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 and government-sponsored dietary advice.

Here’s a roundup of some our cholesterol coverage from over the years:

Heidi Wachter is Experience Life's staff writer.

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