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Cholesterol dietary guidelines confusing

Posted by: admin at 11:27 am on February 4th, 2016

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Q:

I know you had an article about sustainability not being in the new Dietary Guidelines just announced for 2015. Is it true that cholesterol recommendations are not included either? I am so confused after taking medications to control cholesterol for years!

A:

For the first time, the recently published 2015 Dietary Guidelines (published every five years), does NOT recommend a daily limit on the intake of cholesterol. Previously, the Guidelines suggested capping daily intake to three hundred mg. Here is what makes it so confusing! The Dietary Guidelines state ”…but this changes does not suggest that dietary cholesterol is no longer important to consider when building healthy eating patterns…individuals should eat little dietary cholesterol as possible while consuming a healthy eating pattern”. Clear as MUD-right?  According to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee: “Previously, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to no more than three hundred mg/day. The 2015 DGAG will not bring forward this recommendation because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol, consistent with the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology report. Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” According to Dr. Steven Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, “the need to limit saturated fat and cholesterol shifted Americans from a well-balanced diet to high sugar diets, which made people eat more and get fatter.” The reality, according to Dr. Nissen, is that only fifteen percent of circulating cholesterol in the blood comes from what you eat. The other eighty five percent comes from the liver. According to Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, and author of The Cholesterol Myths; Exposing the Fallacy that Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease, the amount of cholesterol that your liver produces varies according to how much cholesterol you eat. If you eat a lot of cholesterol, your liver produces less. If you don’t eat much cholesterol, your liver produces more. The bottom line-your health is best served by eating nutrient-dense plant foods (vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts and seeds), eating healthy fats such as those found in avocados, olives, coconuts and eggs and eliminating animal foods that have been highly processed and/or exposed to high cooking temperatures.

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