Where there is certainty, there are equal measures of uncertainty. Any true statement may prove to be false.
Diet is a four-letter word to many but perceived as one of the more significant dirty words. Diet or maintaining a diet is a hard thing to do and there’s no certainty of achieving goals. Yet, USA has been publishing diet guidelines since 1980 and a rumor has begun that the 2015 cholesterol diet guidelines may allow broader choices. Is that good or is that bad?
The media is abuzz that reports that the federal government is poised to drop its decades-long warning about eating foods high in cholesterol as ways to manage cholesterol and heart disease. Every five years, the United States government updates a set of Dietary Guidelines intended to help its citizens make healthier food choices. This year is the year it’ll happen. The report has yet to be released. It is due around Fall 2015. HHS and USDA jointly publish and release the 8thedition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The linear truths that dietary cholesterol increases cardiovascular plaque has become myth as more see high cholesterol levels as part of corrupted genetic lines. Cholesterol is naturally manufactured by your body. Some generate more, many less. The forms of good or bad cholesterol lie in the mix. We’ve been told for decades to limit cholesterol-rich foods, but now, that advice may be changing. A panel of top experts appointed by the federal government is expected to update cholesterol diet guidelines on what we should be eating. Eggs may be the vogue food again for cholesterol management.
For the past 45 years, the rule was to limit cholesterol dietary intake to no more than 300 milligrams per day. That’s just about 2 eggs. The USA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee or DGAC and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) meet every five years to determine what Americans should eat to maintain healthy lives.
2010 was the last report and that will remain in effect until the 2015 report is released. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, released on January 31, 2011, emphasize three major goals for Americans:
•Balance calories with physical activity to manage weight
•Consume more of certain foods and nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood
•Consume fewer foods with sodium (salt), saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and refined grains
The 2015 guidelines have not as yet been published and already media experts are speculating on clues that new dietary cholesterol diet guidelines may be the deal breaker or maker for cholesterol healthfulness.
Anyway, the central focus of these USA dietary guidelines targets what’s considered healthy for the average American. For those people struggling to keep cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and weight at normal levels, the advisement of physicians still takes precedent. They require management from diet to activity to medications. While genetics may play significant roles, these indicators are still considered potential risks for cardiovascular diseases. What’s good for the gander may not be good for this smaller group of geese.
Redefining dietary cholesterol is an attractive things and makes for great news stories and viewers. Clues from December 2014 until possible release of the 2015 cholesterol diet guidelines by the end of 2015 are mere speculation.
News of broader cholesterol diet guidelines is encouraging for promotion of dairy, meats, and eggs. It drives our economy. Does it drive overall health? Should the media think more thoroughly at conveying truths amidst consequences?
I honor freedom of the press but there are many uneducated consumers that view reports as gospel. Simply, the new 2015 cholesterol diet guidelines are (at this point) not released. Truths may be falsehoods and nothing is certain until those guidelines are published.
Before ordering those egg sandwiches, get your blood tested. See if you’re in the normal range. If you aren’t, pursue it further for your own personal benefits and wellness.