People who try diligently to follow healthy eating habits are constantly whipsawed by changing information from medical experts.
The latest about face involves cholesterol-soaked foods. For decades doctors and other health care professionals had advised people to maintain low cholesterol to prevent heart disease.
People who donated blood received as a gift in the mail information on their overall cholesterol. No good deed goes unpunished — especially when family members learn that the count is high and harangue the blood donor to stop suspect food like eggs, cheese, beef, shrimp and lobster.
The pharmaceutical industry has cleaned up with many Americans being compelled to take cholesterol-lowering drugs. One analysis a couple of years ago concluded that half of Americans ages 40 to 75 and nearly all men over 60 qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under heart disease prevention guidelines. That adds up to a lot of dough.
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Now health care experts have thrown out that caution. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s guidelines have a great effect on Americans’ diet.
Cholesterol warnings have been a mainstay of American medicine dating back to 1961, The Washington Post reports. Scientists noted that plaque that blocked arteries consisted in part of cholesterol.
But the latest science is less certain. U.S. guidelines currently advise restricting cholesterol consumption to 300 milligrams a day. However, men in the U.S. on average consume about 340 milligrams of cholesterol a day.
Cholesterol cautions changed eating habits, causing per capita egg consumption to fall about 30 percent. Now nutritionists say an egg a day is A-OK.
Who knows where science will take Americans’ eating habits at this time next year.