Dietary guidelines committee member explains value of certain cholesterols

Tom Brenna, a professor of human nutrition at Cornell University who served on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, says the updated health guide sheds light on the benefits of good cholesterol as it relates to dairy, but doesn’t lift all constraints.



Brenna says:

“A very clear consensus led to the recommendation that diet cholesterol is no longer a ‘nutrient of concern.’  It is important not to conflate dietary cholesterol – the cholesterol in food – with serum cholesterol – the cholesterol in blood, of which there was tremendous confusion in the popular press.

“The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee was recognizing that the evidence is weak that dietary cholesterol is related to serum cholesterol, and that the recommendation is leading Americans to avoid moderate amounts of healthy foods like seafood and eggs.

“Importantly, this is all within the context of staying within energy balance, so it is not a lifting of all constraints on consumption of dairy, beef, or pork fat. Dietary cholesterol levels seen by staying within calorie counts that maintain energy balance is what the advisory committee considers of less relative concern.”




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