As a nutritionally minded woman, I like to keep abreast of the changes in the USDA Dietary Guidelines. The recommendations are updated every 5 years. In 2010 there were a lot of changes, and this year there are a few more. The most astonishing change this year, is that dietary Cholesterol, like the kind found in eggs and red meat, is no longer limited to 300mg a day. In fact, the report specifically states that “Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” The entire quote appears below.
Cholesterol. Previously, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to no more than 300 mg/day. The 2015 DGAC will not bring forward this recommendation because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol, consistent with the conclusions of the AHA/ACC report. Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.
You can find the quote online HERE, about 2/3 of the way down the page.
I am still amazed that after so many years of villainizing dietary cholesterol, it is no longer a nutrient of concern. My doctor has been recommending that I avoid egg yolks for 25 years, and now I guess I no longer have to. I have never been quite convinced that egg yolks are such a bad thing, but last year, and this year, I made an extreme effort to avoid them. My intention was to get my cholesterol down as far as I could. Now I guess I don’t have to anymore, because they apparently have very little affect on my cholesterol levels.
I still don’t know what to think about it.
In other news, my youngest son has now graduated homeschool and is planning to take a year off from school, to earn some cash for college. I wish hubby and I could help him out more financially, but if he wants college, he’ll have to start working to pay for it. So yay! for graduating, and boo! for the economic necessity of working to have enough money (even with financial aid) to be able to afford the education he wants. Welcome, my son, to the adult world.
Additionally, I have added PDF documents of the High Carb and High Protein daily exchange plans at various calorie levels (1000, 1200, 1400, 1600 & 2000). It’s tedious to do all the graph work, but they seem to have turned out well. You can find the PDF’s on the Exchange Plan Diet page.
I’m curious, will anyone else be changing the way they eat, in regards to beef or eggs, now that the dietary guidelines have changed? I notice that the DASH diet still recommends egg whites over whole eggs. Will they change now that the USDA dietary guidelines have changed? I’m really interested to watch how this changes the nutritional landscape.