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Why The Dietary Guidelines are Wrong about Cholesterol

This is a research paper that I wrote for my English class this semester. I wanted to share it on this blog because it’s about eggs, cholesterol, and the Dietary Guidelines, three things that definitely impact the ancestral health community! 

Abstracthappy eggs

With rising rates of obesity and diabetes, most Americans feel more pressure than ever to make the right food choices. However, the country’s primary source of nutritional guidance – the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – has been criticized for being misleading, inaccurate, and potentially harmful to public health. In this paper, I present eggs as a ‘case study’ to strengthen the criticisms that others have brought against the Dietary Guidelines. The Guidelines advocate limiting egg consumption because of their high cholesterol content. However, having reviewed the scientific literature on cholesterol and health, I conclude that there is no documented health benefit to limiting dietary cholesterol. Additionally, eggs are an excellent source of choline, a nutrient that is sorely lacking in the diets of most Americans. For these reasons, the Dietary Guidelines should actually encourage egg consumption, rather than limit it.

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Interview with Dr. Zeisel, “The Choline Guy”

Today, I had the privilege of interviewing Steven Zeisel, a prominent choline researcher here at UNC! As I might’ve mentioned before, I’ve been working on a research paper about eggs, which are a great source of choline, so I wanted to learn more about this essential nutrient. Dr. Zeisel’s office is in the Michael Hooker Research Center at the School of Public Health, and let me tell you: that building is incredible. I think I even like it better than the FedEx Global Education Center, and you know how much I love that building! (Oh, you don’t? Right, this is only my third blog post. Well, I love that building a lot.) Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s one from the website: Read more →