The US government has dropped fatty foods containing cholesterol - long thought to cause heart disease and strokes - from its list of 'nutrients of concern', following the publication of a new report.
For 40 years, people have been warned against eating fatty foods containing high cholesterol, such as butter, eggs, red meat, shellfish and liver, because of supposed links to the substance in our blood.
But now the US Department of Agriculture plans to revoke their long-standing dietary guidelines and to focus on the amount of sugar people are eating, instead. It also wants to “de-emphasise” saturated fat, given “the lack of evidence connecting it with cardiovascular disease”.
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report concludes: "Available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol. Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."
US cardiologist Dr Steven Nissen, of the Cleveland Clinic, told the Daily Mail that it was the "right decision".
"We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They've been wrong for decades," he said.
He estimated that about 20 per cent of cholesterol levels in your blood come from your diet, which means the rest is produced by your liver and is actually needed by the body.