You probably heard the news back in February that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (the people who write the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every 5 years) stated in a preliminary report that “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for over consumption.”
This could drastically change the way Americans think about eggs, cheese, butter, and other high cholesterol foods. If this statement is adopted into the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it would be a huge change from what was recommended just 5 years ago.
The 2010 dietary guidelines warned against consuming more than 300 mg of cholesterol per day, saying that excess consumption could lead to the increase of heart disease. People changed their diets– consumed less fat, avoided cholesterol, and reduced their intake of salt. Companies advertised foods that could lower your cholesterol (Cheerios) and created lower cholesterol eggs (Eggland’s Best).
The calories we eat come in the form of carbohydrates, protein and fat, and when we reduce one group, we usually increase another. People began to increase their consumption of carbohydrates, which may have contributed to the rise of obesity and diabetes.
Now, experts are saying that dietary cholesterol has little impact on one’s risk for heart disease. It turns out that the evidence for those recommendations came from epidemiological studies, which can be flawed. When researchers look at multiple analyses and meta-analyses showing no link for the general population. Studies done at Yale University Prevention Research Center have shown that eggs don’t raise blood cholesterol.
The final report isn’t available just yet, but should be released in the coming weeks. I’m looking forward to reading more of what the DGAC recommends for cholesterol and fat in our diets. I am actually excited about the idea of dropping the “low fat” recommendations to a more refined recommendation to limit only saturated fat. Studies have shown that saturated and trans fats are the culprit when it comes to raising your blood cholesterol, along with your genetics.
I’ve always been a big fan of eggs. I’ve always preached that one or two every other day or so isn’t harmful. Eggs are high in protein and essential vitamins and minerals. When we cut out eggs, we’re missing out on a nutrient dense food!
What do you think of the changes?
Next topic for today!
My dietitian friend Whitney (she was actually one of my preceptors during my dietetic internship!) co-authored a book with a fellow dietitian. It’s a beginner’s guide to sports nutrition for athletes and anyone looking to increase their activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. The book includes 14 easy recipes for active people who are easy to prepare with a focus on whole foods and fresh ingredients.
There is a significant relationship between adequate fueling and sports performance. This book goes into every detail any athlete should know about sports nutrition– the importance of healthy carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and hydration. The book also has a great section about pre, during, and post workout snacks/drinks/meals! I like the section about the “Athlete’s Plate”, which shows what your plate should look like for easy, moderate, and hard/race day training. So helpful!
And let me tell you, the recipes look delicious! Especially this BBQ Chicken Flatbread. And the Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers. And the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse. Each recipe was specially made just for this book with sports nutrition principles (high protein, whole grains, healthy fats).
You can read more here if you’re interested! It’s a fantastic book for athletes of any level.
Disclosure: I received a free download of this Ebook in exchange for an honest review. The link above is an affiliate link, in which I will earn a small commission if you use the link to purchase the book.