The United States (U.S.) Government has dropped fatty foods containing cholesterol – long thought to cause heart disease and strokes – from its list of ‘nutrients of concern’, following the publication of a new report. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that comes from two sources: the body and food.
The body, and especially the liver, make all the cholesterol needed and circulates it through the blood. But cholesterol is also found in foods from animal sources, such as meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products.
Cholesterol has been on the “naughty” list of nutrients for nearly 40 years, with health officials warning people to stay away from high cholesterol foods since the 1970s to avoid heart disease and clogged arteries. Read more