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Cholesterol Is Finally Officially Removed From "naughty List"

Discussion in 'Health & Nutrition' started by Aman Singh, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. Aman Singh

    Aman Singh
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    Jun 1, 2004
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    Cholesterol has been on the "naughty" list of nutrients for nearly 40 years, with health officials warning us to stay away from high-cholesterol foods since the 1970s to avoid heart disease and clogged arteries.

    But US officials have finally given the green light for a U-turn on previous warnings, which means eggs, butter, full-fat dairy products, nuts, coconut oil and meat have now been classified as "safe" and have been officially removed from the "nutrients of concern" list.


    The US Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for updating the guidelines every five years, stated in its findings for 2015: "Previously, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to no more than 300 mg/day.

    "The 2015 DGAC will not bring forward this recommendation because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol, consistent with the AHA/ACC (American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology) report.

    "Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for over consumption."

    The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will, in response, no longer warn people against eating high-cholesterol foods and will instead focus on sugar as the main substance of dietary concern.

    The 70s, 80s and 90s were the 'non fat' years, with the government warning people to limit the amount of high-cholersterol foods in their diets to avoid heart disease and strokes.

    But nutritionists and scientists have long been campaigning for the U-turn, which started with introducing "good cholesterol" back into the 'safe zone'.

    US cardiologist Dr Steven Nissen said: "It's the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They've been wrong for decades."

    He estimated that about 20 per cent of cholesterol levels in your blood come from your diet, which means the rest is produced by your liver and is actually needed by the body.

    Dr Chris Masterjohn added:“Since we cannot possibly eat enough cholesterol to use for our bodies’ daily functions, our bodies make their own.

    "When we eat more foods rich in this compound, our bodies make less. If we deprive ourselves of foods high in cholesterol - such as eggs, butter, and liver - our body revs up its cholesterol synthesis."

    Sugar has now been identified as the "worst" food culprit for health problems, with GPs now focusing on weaning patients off the sweet stuff.

    Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, who works with group Action On Sugar, says a clamp-down on the food industry is next.

    He said: "It's very clear that added sugar has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever and, contrary to what the food industry want you to believe, the body doesn't require any carbohydrate for energy from added sugar.

    "And we know the food industry have been spiking our food with added sugars. We also know that carbohydrates and particularly refined carbohydrates - so carbohydrates that lack fibre, sugar being one of them - have the biggest impact on insulin in terms of surges of insulin in our body. And insulin is a fat storing hormone."

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  3. Joginder Singh Foley

    Joginder Singh Foley United Kingdom
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    I seen to remember reading this week that BMI body mass index may not now be considered as accurate a way of measuring health and fitness as was thought

  4. Awakeand Singh

    Awakeand Singh United States
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    Dr. Robert Atkins is quietly cheering from the grave.
  5. Dev singh

    Dev singh Canada
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    People like to write long pages so they look good.
    The problem is People don't know how to eat and what to eat. When I was younger my elder told me to chew small byte 32 times before the next byte go in mouth. In fast society people are in hurry to go and eat fast. It dose not get proper chewing. It cause 80% problem in the world. Other is not enough excersies.

  6. Rajwinder

    Rajwinder United States
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    May 3, 2006
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    I think understanding nutrition and how it effects body is very interesting .. what i found in last two years of my conquest is that getting feedback on your vitals atleast once a year is good but doing a performance testing on your body :faujasingh:is ultimate test .. for example if u can run 13 or 26 miles in decent time .. most likely your lungs and heart are not bad , if u can lift wt during strength exercise in gym , your muscles are not bad and if u can sustain cross fit class for an hour them the mix of all above is not bad .. other then that i think going to much in to details on food and what it is made up of and how it effects human body is little tricky ..
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