Surprise: Government Has Been Wrong About Cholesterol for 40 Years


The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption.

The group’s finding that cholesterol in the diet need no longer be considered a “nutrient of concern” stands in contrast to the committee’s findings five years ago, the last time it convened. During those proceedings, as in previous years, the panel deemed the issue of excess cholesterol in the American diet a public health concern.

The finding follows an evolution of thinking among many nutritionists who now believe that, for healthy adults, eating foods high in cholesterol may not significantly affect the level of cholesterol in the blood or increase the risk of heart disease.

The people who gave you the scourge that is the egg-white omelette, plain whole-grain toast for breakfast, and carb-laden, tasteless, low-fat foods that make you fat, have changed their minds about all that. One wonders when these new recommendations might be reflected in the slop First Lady Michelle Obama insists be served to growing kids.