In news that should thrill Ron Swansons across the nation, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (the country's premier panel of experts on nutrition) is set to reverse a decades-old stance on cholesterol: turns out it isn't so bad after all. For the last 40 years or so, doctors and dietitians have warned against eating too many eggs, or too much shrimp, or entire sticks of butter. BUT NO MORE! Well, kinda -- the rule isn't so cut and dry.
Dietary cholesterol -- which is found in the foods listed above as well as fast food, liver, fish, bacon, cheese, and red meats -- will no longer be seen as harmful when eaten in moderation, due to the fact that research into its effects on the level of cholesterol in the bloodstream has found it to be negligible. Moreover, the panel found that there's no link between eating these foods and an increased risk of heart disease. However, a regimen containing an excess of "bad" cholesterol is still considered unhealthy.