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Opening Arguments


But the science was supposed to be settled!

Longstanding advice about avoiding cholesterol for heart health may be on the way out.

In a draft report issued in December, an influential federal panel — the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee — scrapped longstanding guidelines about avoiding high-cholesterol food. In the draft, cholesterol — found in foods such as egg yolks — is no longer listed as a "nutrient of concern."

The panel hasn't yet filed its final report, but it ncludes the same comment on cholesterol, according to a report in The Washington Post.

The committee is not reversing advice about the risks of having a high level of LDL cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol, in the blood. People with high LDL levels are at greater risk of a heart attack.

So, add cholesterol to the long list of things that were supposed to be bad or good for us but, after further research, maybe not so much. Those pesky scientists just keep on researching and refining and learning, except when they let themselves get sucked into politics.