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Why did the FDA remove restrictions on cholesterol?

Answered by: Thea

I recommend you take a look at this article which explains how the Dietary Guidelines Committee got to their initial conclusion (which was later reversed). Very important details. As they say, the devil is in the details.

And, as it turns out, when it came to the final/actual guidelines that got released (as opposed to the preliminary floater ideas), the Dietary Guidelines Committee did the very opposite of removing cholesterol limits form its dietary guidelines. The Dietary Guidelines Committee were forced to actually acknowledge the science. In the end, the Dietary Guidelines Committee strengthened their warning about cholesterol. You can read about it here.

And here is a quote.

The Guidelines state: “As recommended by the IOM, individuals should eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible … Strong evidence from mostly prospective cohort studies but also randomized controlled trials has shown that eating patterns that include lower intake of dietary cholesterol are associated with reduced risk of CVD, and moderate evidence indicates that these eating patterns are associated with reduced risk of obesity. … Dietary cholesterol is found only in animal foods such as egg yolk, dairy products, shellfish, meats, and poultry.”

Sometimes the truth really does win. The problem is that many websites and the media didn’t bother to report what actually happened.


Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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  1. Dr. Greger:

    I have read your “How Not to Die” book and have purchased the associated cook book. I have already made several of the recipes and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed them–food with great taste that is actually good for me–what a concept! I have been following your counsel and guidelines for not quite 2 months. Results have already been incredible. I’ve always had high cholesterol and at one point I was taking Lipitor but had to cease due to an allergic reaction. Since following your guidelines for only a relatively short time, my cholesterol has already declined by 40 points–from 268 to 228! Still higher than I want but what a great trend and delta versus where I had been! I also lost about 7 pounds. I am a true convert!

  2. Thanks for answering this Thea! I normally try to keep up with the science going on and you’re absolutely right- I haven’t seen a single thing until now about the food guidelines strengthening their stance on cholesterol. None of my regular outlets touched it…

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