Limiting cholesterol intake has been the mantra of good health since the 1970s but now the top nutrition advisers of the nation have decided to drop it. The Dietary Guidelines are updated by the government every five years so that the citizens can choose healthier foods. Lowering the cholesterol intake to less than 300 mg/day has been one of the six core goals since long. However, now the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee of the nation has decided drop its recommendation about avoiding cholesterol-laden food.
According to the experts, foods like eggs, shrimp or lobster, having high cholesterol content, do not pose much harm but too much consumption of foods having saturated fat like fatty meats, whole milk, and butter is indeed dangerous. Studies have revealed that a healthy person’s risk of heart attack does not increase with eating an egg a day, however, it raises the risk for diabetics.
Scientists have gradually realized that in the body cholesterol is produced in amounts larger than what diet provides. The amount of cholesterol in the blood is also regulated by the body and the presence of “good” and “bad” cholesterol also affects the health. Lawrence Rudel, a professor at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine stated “Eggs are a nearly perfect food, but cholesterol is a potential bad guy. Eating too much a day won’t harm everyone, but it will harm some people.” The new report will be reviewed by Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and decision will be made regarding the recommendations that must be incorporated in the final set of dietary guidelines.