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Celebrating 10 Years of Service to Our Community

Dietary Cholesterol Gets a Pardon

A rare and wonderful thing happened in December of 2014. For the first time since 1977, dietary cholesterol received a government pardon: (See Page 7, Bottom)

The exact words are, "Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."

In other words, we should not be concerned about over-consuming cholesterol rich foods. Lobster, shrimp, liver, egg yolk, return to the table, without limits and without hesitation. Once pronounced bad, cholesterol is safe again. After decades of egg white omelettes the US government corrected its false alarm.

While saturated fat remains vilified, a situation with which I do not agree, I remain grateful for this step in the right direction.

Why is this important? Cholesterol provides the foundation for steroid hormones. It aids in the formation of Vitamin D. Cholesterol is an antioxidant and important for function and structure of the human body. It protects your skin and performs a vast number of other important tasks.

So celebrate this week with your favorite high cholesterol food, one you perhaps have not enjoyed in decades. Eat as much as you like. Your government kept you from it long enough. Bon appetit!

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