A New Stance on Dietary Cholesterol: What you need to know

In the past, you may have read or even heard from your doctor to limit your dietary cholesterol. That advice is now changing. In the U.S. government’s 2015-2020 “New Dietary Guidelines for Americans” the limit on cholesterol has been removed. Previously, American adults were advised to limit cholesterol in their diet to 300 milligrams a day, which is the equivalent of two eggs.

WHY HAS THE LIMIT BEEN REMOVED?

A good amount of scientific research suggests that there isn’t a strong connection between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol. In fact, the cholesterol in your diet is only responsible for a small fraction of your total blood cholesterol. Your body naturally produces most
cholesterol on its own. Other factors that contribute to blood cholesterol levels include smoking, obesity, physical activity, age, family history and even certain medications.  So, all of these elements must be taken into account when it comes to maintaining healthy blood cholesterol.

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