For years, Dr. Wallach has been outspoken on the need to consume cholesterol in one’s diet. The U.S. government, however, has done quite the opposite for the last 40 years. As many of us know, year after year, health officials have warned individuals as to the dangers of cholesterol consumption; linking it to heart disease, stroke, and many other health problems. That is until just recently.
After decades of American Dietary Guidelines restricting cholesterol consumption from foods such as eggs, red meat, seafood and dairy products, the advisory committee is no longer considering cholesterol a “nutrient of concern.” In the article, “The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol,” posted on The Washington Post, the nation’s top dietary officials are finally beginning to get in line with what Dr. Wallach has been saying for years; although there is still much work to be done.
Since the American Dietary Guidelines began suggesting lowering cholesterol in ones diet in 1941, consumption of foods “high in cholesterol, such as eggs, has dropped drastically; while heart disease, obesity, and other diseases such as Alzheimer’s continue to rise. What Dr. Wallach knew, and shared for years, is that early populations that consumed diets high in cholesterol had much healthier, longer lifespans than current populations. As a matter of fact, since medical doctors began restricting cholesterol intake, Dr. Wallach has noticed that there have been at least 25 new diseases created; including Alzheimer’s, which only appeared 40 years ago. Cholesterol is essential for a wide-range of functions in the body, including hormone production and helping to produce fatty insulation that makes up the brain; reaffirming the necessity to consume cholesterol.