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Cholesterol isn't that Bad After All, New Dietary Guidelines Reveal

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A federal study claims cholesterol may not be all that bad for your health as traditionally believed.

Federal Dietary Guidelines' recommendations for the U.S. is due soon, and some advice may be changed. The committee is expected to downplay the importance of lowering cholesterol intake and may put less emphasis on eating lean meats.

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The panel could also tweak its recommendations on exactly how much salt is too much and put limits on sugar consumption for the first time.

Cholesterol is popularly linked to heart disease and other conditions, but scientific studies have not found consistent clear health risks from its consumption. The human body also produces more cholesterol than it takes in through diet.

Researchers studying changes to the recommendations for 2015 have determined that the substance, in the diet, poses no significant health threat to the public.

"Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption," the dietary guidelines reported.

Researchers stated that cholesterol can clog arteries, presenting a health risk, but that consuming too much through food is no longer considered a concern. Foods high in the group of chemicals include seafood, organ meats, and eggs.

The report highlights hazards of foods high in saturated fats, including butter, whole milk and meats rich in fat.

Diabetics are still warned to limit their intake of cholesterol, and warnings about LDL, or bad cholesterol, remain in effect.

The committee has also discussed the idea of including sustainability as a dietary goal. The advisory panel said in its draft recommendations that there is "compatibility and overlap" between what is good for health and what is good for the environment.

A diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods is "more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact than is the current average U.S. diet," the draft recommendations said.

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