Where does cholesterol in food come from?

If it has a head, a tail, a wing, hoof or gill, a mommy and daddy, or is produced by something that has any of these things, then it has cholesterol. In other words, cholesterol is found in proteins like meat, poultry and fish and products derived from them such as milk and cheese. If a food item is from the ground, it doesn’t have cholesterol. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee has officially recommended that we not worry so much about limiting cholesterol from food, as studies have shown that cholesterol obtained from food doesn’t affect our blood cholesterol as much as originally thought. But I still say moderation is good, particularly with regard to red meat, poultry skin and whole milk dairy products as these also contain saturated fat. I recommend speaking with your healthcare provider regarding your individual needs.

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