For those in the Paleo community the push to ignore cholesterol as a nutrient of concern has been something that has been around for quite some time. For the rest of the medical community – not so much. Current guidelines set by the United States Federal Government set the recommended total cholesterol intake at no more than 300mg/day, but is the government and rest of the medical community finally about to get on board with the mounting evidence that cholesterol isn’t bad for you?
Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee To Change Cholesterol Recommendations?
Every five years the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) comes together to review research and make suggestions related to food intake. The current recommendations for cholesterol intake for Americans limit cholesterol intake to no more than 300mg/day. Which, if you eat two eggs in a day – you’re well over your limit.
However, the future of cholesterol may be changing. The DGAC will not bring forward the 300mg/day recommendation for cholesterol and instead, is shifting its focus on cholesterol altogether. According to the DGAC, the change is because “available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol.”
The reasoning is in light of piling research in recent years showing it’s not necessarily the cholesterol that is the problem for you, it’s other things you eat that contribute to inflammation inside the body – particularly sugar. Sugar causes inflammation which can worsen the phsyiological response to arterial disease and plaque build up within the arteries.
The other major reason: YOU NEED CHOLESTEROL. So when you don’t get it in your diet, your body makes more if it. When you do get it in your diet, your body makes less of it. So does this mean you’re free to eat whatever you want? Obviously, not really. But for the healthy, active individual with an overall healthy diet that includes healthy amounts of vegetables, you shouldn’t worry about those three eggs that you have every day.
1. N.a. “Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.” Advisory Report to the Secretary Of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Agriculture. February 2015. Web. 9 March 2015.