The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture post dietary guidelines, known as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, every five years in an attempt to optimize the American diet promoting healthier lives. They previously made a dietary recommendation that American consumers limit their cholesterol intake to a maximum of 300 mg/day. MyPlate, formerly known as the Food Pyramid, relies on such guidelines and for many years, the consumption of foods containing high levels of cholesterol was firmly discouraged. However, the recent Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee stated that “Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” The Advisory Committee does not believe based on the evidence that there is enough association between dietary and serum cholesterol. The sparing consumption of foods high in cholesterol has been supported for decades and this revolutionary statement may significantly change American dietary patterns. Have you started discussing this new report with your colleagues? Are you prepared to counsel patients inquiring about this latest change in guidelines?
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