It's not the cholesterol in the food that elevates your blood cholesterol, but certain high-cholesterol foods (like red meat) may cause inflammation, which leads to cholesterol production in the blood. Another uber-popular, but cholesterol-free, food does as well: sugar. The story of cholesterol is a classic case of mistaking correlation for causation.
The cholesterol thing burned me! How can I trust a doctor again?
The science of nutrition is always evolving, and your best bet is usually to eat unprocessed foods as much as possible, things like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats in moderate portions. Doctors don’t have all the answers, but that doesn't mean you should never take a doctor's advice.
“Weigh news about diet and health carefully,” Clemens advises. “It can take years for the strongest evidence to emerge.”
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Missy Wilkinson wonders if, 30 years from now, she’ll pen an article called "The Rise & Fall of Inflammation." Follow her on Twitter at @missy_wilkinson and Instagram at @nowlistenmissy.