"Decades-old advice to Americans against eating foods high in cholesterol likely will not appear in the next update of the nation's Dietary Guidelines, according to published reports.
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee plans to no longer warn people to avoid eggs, shellfish and other cholesterol-laden foods, the newspaper reported.
Nissen [chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic> said recent research has found that diet influences only about 20 percent of a person's blood cholesterol levels. The rest is governed by genetics.
However, dietitians and other heart doctors noted that saturated fat plays a direct and more important role in blood cholesterol levels than dietary cholesterol -- or cholesterol consumed through foods. And they expect the forthcoming federal guidelines to maintain their strict stance on limiting such fats."
Read more about the specifics and how this new research may affect you in the news story above.View Thread
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This article has some possible side effects of too much fiber:
Getting too much fiber can cause loose stools, abdominal discomfort, gas, and bloating. Fibers such as guar gum, inulin, oligofructose, polydextrose, resistant starch, and psyllium, have been found to cause abdominal cramping, bloating, gas, and diarrhea -- especially when taken in excess.
Excess fiber can bind to iron, zinc, calcium, and magnesium and decrease their absorption. And studies have shown that fibers such as pectin and guar gum can reduce absorption of carotenoids, beta-carotein, lycopene, and lutein when consumed at the same time as a meal.
Has your doctor said anything about this mark on your charts? You might ask him if you are at risk of any of the above side effects because of your high fiber consumption.
In addition to billh99's suggestions, you may also take a look at our Cholesterol Diet Directory -- it has some great information that you may find helpful. This blog post on foods that help lower cholesterol also has some good tips.
We saw a lot of changes around heart health recently -- new guidelines on cholesterol and blood pressure and more information about the dangers of salt and sugar. So, how do we apply all of this new information to our everyday lives?
TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Packaging defects have prompted a recall of a combination cholesterol drug called Liptruzet, produced by Merck & Co., temporarily affecting the entire U.S. stock.
Merck said the foil pouches holding Liptruzet pills could allow air and moisture inside, potentially decreasing the drug's effectiveness.