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.
The wider nutritionist community in general is a bit more divided on the issue, saying that there's "insufficient information" to give a recommendation, but most doctors are in agreement over the avoidance of trans and saturated fats. So eat your heart out, Ron. Or, y'know... just some bacon and eggs.
Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and wonders if they'll ever discover that deep-fried steak is healthy. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.