First it was a rumor. It seemed almost unrealistically optimistic to hope for. But now we know it’s actually true: the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is officially recommending that cholesterol is fine to eat. According to their report,
“…available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol, consistent with the AHA/ACC (American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology) report. Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”
It’s definitely a step in the right direction.
Unfortunately, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines are keeping the anti-saturated fat message (baby steps, right?), but here’s a new study explaining why fat advice might soon go the way of the cholesterol phobia: the evidence was just never that good to start with. (Here’s a more reader-friendly summary if you’re not quite up to date on the science jargon).
Now grab some eggs and bacon to celebrate, and check out the rest of this week’s news:
- How to raise chickens in your backyard: it’s not that hard, and just think of the delicious eggs! (Primal Palate)
- Dock is one of the first early springtime plants you’ll see coming up: here’s how to cook it. (Hunter Angler Gardener Cook)
- Finding the right fitness program is about psychology as much as it is about biology: here’s one take on building good habits in a way that keeps you motivated all the time. (Go Kaleo)
- If we want to help treat obesity, focusing on “what causes obesity” might actually be part of the problem: with so many different causes, it’s easy for junk food companies to weasel out of responsibility. (Scientific American)
- A great (if terrifying) series of articles on the politics of the sugar lobby – if it wasn’t clear by now, public health advice is not made with only your best interest in mind. (Food Politics)
- What’s messing with your appetite? Three potential culprits that might be driving you to overeat. This is a much more interesting question than “do calories count?” or “how many calories should you be eating?” – check it out! (Mark’s Daily Apple)
- Circadian rhythms are incredibly important: here’s how to keep yours in sync. (Phoenix Helix podcast with Paul Jaminet)
- Are you running towards a goal, or are you running away from something you’re trying to escape? One is a great way to live your life; the other is setting you up for unhappiness down the line. (Exuberant Animal)