CHN Health Matters

Dietary Cholesterol Revisited


Just recently it has been reported in the news that the people who make recommendations about what we eat may be changing their mind about the dangers of cholesterol in the diet.

The government agency known as the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is considering removing the recommendation to limit cholesterol in the diet. They are not saying that cholesterol in the blood stream is not a risk factor for vascular disease, they are saying that the consumption of cholesterol in the diet may not affect the blood levels as much as was once thought.

In the 1960s researchers became more aware of the relationship between cholesterol levels in the blood and the risk of cholesterol deposits in the blood vessels that could lead to blockages. If the blockages occur in the blood vessels of the heart or brain this could cause a heart attack or a stroke. This led to the strategy of trying to lower the blood levels of cholesterol.