Since 1980, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been advising Americans on what to eat for optimal health. Published every 5 years, the Dietary Guidelines are a reflection of the most up-to-date research.
In December 2014 the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released a preliminary document stating that “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption,” suggesting that dietary cholesterol has little impact upon a person’s actual health status. Though the final report from the DGAC isn’t due until later in 2015, we checked in with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Walter Willett for some clarification on dietary cholesterol.