Doctors — in some parts of the world, at least — no longer frown upon those eating food rich in cholesterol. Eggs have finally passed muster. So have mutton and cheese. Cholesterol, once seen as the sure road to death, has been exonerated.
Cholesterol, once widely condemned, is being pardoned. A section of doctors and researchers tells that dietary cholesterol may not affect the heart as previously thought.
For decades studied the role of cholesterol in the upkeep of living cells. Studies have shown that Eggs present no health hazard. But do not go for that two- egg cheese omelette.
Clearly, the jury is still out on safe cholesterol levels. Of course, not all high cholesterol food — think egg, liver or prawns — are high in saturated fats.
But red meat can have both high cholesterol and high saturated fat. Many processed meat and dairy products, too, are also high in both saturated fat and cholesterol.
But when exactly did cholesterol become such a villain? “Nobody has ever seen the villains in action”.
HDL, or good cholesterol, carries cholesterol from tissues to the liver, which removes it from the body. LDL is called bad cholesterol because it carries cholesterol to arteries and tissues. A high LDL- cholesterol level in blood means a build- up of cholesterol in the arteries. This build- up — called atherosclerosis — causes the artery walls to narrow, restricting blood flow for clogged arteries resulting in heart attack .
Indian doctors believes that there is an increasing awareness among the medical community that high- carb food is a bigger problem than that containing animal fat.
Study reveals that consumption of eggs does not increase the risk of coronary heart disease. Besides, eating eggs is also not associated with thickening of the artery walls.