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  • I am enjoying the information from comments than the article itself. Thx guys!🤗
  • Excellent article. Thanks for the info.
  • Great to read an article with so much unanimous controversy. Great to live in the USA with freedom of speech, last I looked.
  • This article is horribly outdated. If Sparkpeople wants to get information to its members it needs to keep up with current information.
    This, unfortunately, reads like 'Cholesterol for Dummies, How to Stay Ill Informed and Dumb'.
    Come on Sparkpeople..we expect better from you.
  • agreed, please update
  • The article is a little outdated. Please update the facts.
  • Hi this link seemed to work better for me
  • Decades old thinking. Disappointed that this old news is still being circulated.

    If you research up-to-date studies (SCIENCE, mind you), you will see a lot of this article this is not really accurate. Correlation (old studdies, funded by the pharmaceutical companies, no less) is NOT causation.

    Tsk tsk. And Shame on you for this article, with so much missing, and pushing misinformation.
  • Interesting! Echoing KimTrim, total cholesterol can sometimes be over 200 and not necessarily bad; for example, in my case, my HDL cholesterol (the GOOD kind) has always been in the upper 90's and even occasionally low 100's;so when factored in with other elements my cardiac risk is very low. (Fasting trig's 50's/60's). Even back when my weight was over 200 lbs., I had similar cholesterol and triglyceride results. I never take anything for granted; however, especially since my mother passed away from congestive heart failure at age 57. Thanks for this article!
  • Hi... I have a question... not sure if anyone on here has already asked this... but... eggs. My eggs say that they have 195 mg of Cholesterol ... and, we are only allowed a certain amount of Cholesterol a day. So ... does that mean I cannot have 2 eggs because .. one has 195 mg of Cholesterol to it? :(
  • interesting and very good to remember
  • Great article...............Thank You.
  • In February 2015, the department of Health and Human Services released their Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
    And in that report, buried down on page 91, it states: “Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”
    You can see why they wouldn’t put this on page one. How embarrassing for them to admit that after 30 years and millions of people put on statins and low cholesterol diets, that cholesterol isn’t actually the problem? Not to mention the billions of dollars Big Pharma would lose.

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