We now witness the return of the phenomenon of dietary cholesterol, which is one of the most observed and controlled ingredients in the American cuisine, which results from the belief that it is directly linked to heart diseases. When the federal government modernizes the directions of what should be on our menu daily in order to maintain good health condition -- if it takes the advice of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee -- cholesterol will no longer be on the list of our biggest concerns.
To clarify, this signifies that adults will be no longer advised to set the limit of cholesterol to 300 milligrams a day, resulting from the risk now being no longer associated to the increased risk of heart disease.
The new guidelines, which are about to be revealed in the next few weeks, do not just erase limits. However, this does not let us consume unlimited cholesterol-rich foods, but it does mean you can enjoy whole eggs in an omelet, instead of eating only the egg whites. Moderation is still encouraged, though.
The advice on this issue is treated as essential in the U.S. nutrition guidelines. The federal government struggles to update recommendations for what makes up a nutritious and healthful diet every 5 years.
Developing these guidelines is a formidable task, whose beginning is in expert scientific panels convening in small subcommittees to discuss the newest research in a particular area. They provide recommendations to the DGAC committee. The task of the committee is to prepare a report on the best scientific information available, and any changes discovered in newest time and in the particular scientific area.
It’s quite an unexpected change on the issue, but after reviewing new scientific papers, the DGAC committee, the major advisory panel to the U.S. government, did not find a health reason to restrict or limit intake to 300 mg a day for most people.
The question is: what does this suggest us on a daily basis? Not a thing yet. For one thing, the scientific panels found the average American appears to be consuming only about 160-250 mg a day anyway, based on self-reported information.
However, before making any changes in your diet, it is highly recommendable to visit consult your doctor. While the overall data suggests we don’t need to worry about too much cholesterol, some people experience health benefits from monitoring and limiting their daily intake.
Nevertheless, there will be a comments period of 45 days after the final guidelines from the DGAC are released, for anyone in the country to “weigh in.” Afterwards, the federal government will take the final report, and determine the course for 2015. Its report is expected to be communicated in the second half of the year.
Source: Healthy Food House