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For 40 years the US government has warned us about eating cholesterol laden foods, such as eggs, butter,  and bacon. Just the mention of cholesterol conjured up images of heart attacks and strokes. The new dietary guidelines put out by the nation’s top nutrition advisory panel, however, may change all that.

Most nutrition scientists are now in agreement that the cholesterol in your food does little to impact the cholesterol in your bloodstream. And it’s the cholesterol in your bloodstream that is most associated with cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Steven Nissen, chair of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, stated that “it’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong.” He says the science was never there to support the dietary restriction of cholesterol. The recommendations were not scientifically sound and were based on bad research.

Cholesterol has a very bad reputation, but it is vital for your health and survival. It is so vital that your liver makes it daily. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in every cell of your body.  It is necessary for

  • nerve cell function
  • production of hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen
  • production of vitamin d from sunlight
  • production of bile acids

About 80% of the cholesterol in your body is produced by your liver. The body tightly regulates the amount of cholesterol in your blood. When you eat more cholesterol, the body makes less. When you eat less cholesterol, the body makes more.

Scientist now say that the amount of cholesterol in your bloodstream is determined by many factors, including your genetics, how much you exercise, and your overall level of nutrition. It is a much more complicated process than we once presumed it to be.

Here’s what most experts agree on when it comes to improving the health of your heart:

  • If you are a smoker, quit.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a high fiber diet.
  • Eliminate trans fats from your diet.
  • Cut back on sugary foods and processed foods.

So skip the egg-white omelet next time and eat the yolks.