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Top US nutritionists to drop warnings about cholesterol bogeyman, report




In this photo illustration an egg yolk and its shell are pictured on January 5, 2011 in Berlin, Germany.
In this photo illustration an egg yolk and its shell are pictured on January 5, 2011 in Berlin, Germany.
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The nation's top dietary advisory panel reportedly is set to correct long-standing cautions against eating cholesterol-heavy foods.

At a committee meeting in December, nutrition experts said cholesterol is no longer "considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."

Notwithstanding, it's still unclear that language will be added to the final guidelines of the dietary gospel created every five years by the Agriculture and Health & Human Services Departments. Reason being, most of the studies on cholesterol are too weak to support concrete conclusions. As late as 2013, a task force arranged by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association looked at the dietary cholesterol studies.

The group found that there was 'insufficient evidence' to make a recommendation." What does this mean for individuals with heart problems, diabetes or other ailments with dietary components?

Guest:

Andrea N. Giancoli, M.P.H., R.D., Registered Dietitian based in the South Bay