U.S.may drop warnings about cholesterol
After years of warning people to limit their consumption of foods high in cholesterol, the U.S. government may be about to change its mind. An advisory committee is recommending that the government drop its warning about eating high-cholesterol food.
Current guidelines recommend that people consume fewer than 300 milligrams per day of dietary cholesterol, equivalent to one egg. But the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee says that cholesterol should no longer be considered a "nutrient of concern." A growing number of nutritionists now believe that cholesterol intake may not significantly affect cholesterol levels in the blood or increase the risk of heart disease.
The committee's recommendation does not affect warnings about the need for people to track and control the levels of so-called "bad cholesterol" in their blood.
The report, expected to be released in the next few weeks, will be sent on to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture, which will issue the government's new dietary guidelines by the end of the year.