For more than 40 long years, we have been relentlessly told that cholesterol is bad. It causes heart attacks, slows the metabolism down, makes you fat and god knows what else. Right from medical text books to a fat man’s head, this information has been embedded everywhere. Who is to blame for this? Well, the American Health and Food Care authorities. Ever since the 60s, the U.S. Government has been up in arms against dietary cholesterol and fat. Of course, the rest of the world followed suit and demonized fat consumption. Now in 2016, The U.S. government is finally talking some sense.
America’s top nutrition advisory panel has now decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food. This move will make its very own stand against cholesterol of more than 50 years, null and void. 5 years back the same committee had deemed foods rich in cholesterol unhealthy and also labeled cholesterol as a ‘nutrient of concern’. Thanks to the evolving fitness industry and more advanced research, the panel will now drop its prejudice against fat and cholesterol. The change on cholesterol comes from the influential Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the group that provides the scientific basis for the “Dietary Guidelines.”
The panel though, still advocates that high consumption of fatty foods might still lead to heart diseases and people with heart conditions should still stay away from cholesterol. The recommendation is being backed by some of the biggest dietary research schools across America. The dreaded picture of the fat person painted by the American Health authorities led to a massive dietary shift and people replaced fats with carbohydrates, making them sicker and fatter than ever. There is still a wide divide amongst the authorities though. A task force arranged by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association looked at the dietary cholesterol studies in 2013 said that there was “insufficient evidence” to make a recommendation. Still, this decision comes as the biggest move to bust a long running dietary myth!