We’ve been told for decades to watch what we eat and make sure to avoid foods with high cholesterol, but recent headlines have some questioning the validity of these federal guidelines.

Every five years, the American Department of Health and Human Services puts out a publication called “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” which details new health research and recommendations for the American public.

In its newest draft, the Dietary Guideline claims that cholesterol may not be something we need to avoid entirely.

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According to a cardiovascular doctor at the Cleveland Clinic, only 15% of circulating cholesterol in the blood comes from the food we eat and the majority of it is created in the liver.

These Dietary Guidelines are critical to the nutritional standards set in schools and influence the regulations of food labelling.

The findings are very important and have the potential to have a major influence on the American diet.

While the 2010 guideline warned people against consuming more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day, the newest claims “cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.

Some are pointing fingers blaming a flailing low cholesterol food industry as the push for the new recommendations. It would not be the first time that a federal advisory panel tampered with public opinion to sway profit margins – hello FDA!

So who can we trust? Our moms that’s who.

Remember how you couldn’t have dessert until you ate all your veggies? Stick to that rule of thumb for every meal.

Balance is your best bet and a diet high in fruit and vegetables will always be recommended.

Article originally published:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/19/health/dietary-guidelines/

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