Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Federal Panel Could Scrap Advice on Dietary Cholesterol

Longstanding advice about avoiding cholesterol for heart health may be on the way out.
In a draft report issued in December, an influential federal panel — the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee — scrapped longstanding guidelines about avoiding high-cholesterol food. In the draft, cholesterol — found in foods such as egg yolks — is no longer listed as a "nutrient of concern."
The panel hasn't yet filed its final report, but it ncludes the same comment on cholesterol, according to a report in The Washington Post.
Read the Draft Report HERE
The committee is not reversing advice about the risks of having a high level of LDL cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol, in the blood. People with high LDL levels are at greater risk of a heart attack.
The committee will send its final recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which issue the dietary advice. Those departments are expected to issue Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 later this year.
Read the rest of the story HERE.

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