Since the 1960s, the U.S. government has cautioned the over-consumption of foods high in cholesterol. Now, the top U.S. nutrition advisory panel, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, may be reversing that way of thinking, according to The Washington Post.
In the past, it was thought that foods high in cholesterol like eggs, shrimp and lobster would impact the amount of cholesterol in blood or increase the risk of heart disease. Now, experts believe that foods high in saturated fat — fatty meats, whole milk and butter — are more of a concern.
Warnings for foods high in “bad” cholesterol leading to heart disease still stand, however. Foods high in cholesterol should still be avoided by people who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes. At the same time, nutritionists remain divided on cholesterol’s effects.
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