#371: Dietary Cholesterol – Are Eggs & Cholesterol-rich Foods a Cause for Concern?

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Today's Topic in Focus:  [00:51]

In this episode Danny and Alan discuss the debate over the impact of dietary cholesterol on LDL-C levels and heart disease risk. Are eggs & cholesterol-rich foods a problem? Let's dive into the research to find out!

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"I Have a Question!"  [62:32]

Today's questions:

  1. Carlos Garcia: "Are the effects of plant sterols (on lowering LDL levels) in foods such as Danacol backed by evidence? How much of it is pure marketing?"
  2. Nick Hiebert: "It is my understanding that the relationship between dietary cholesterol and blood lipids is hyperbolic in nature. When higher intakes are compared to zero intake, an increase in LDL cholesterol can be reliably observed, and the effect seems to plateau at 300mg/day. In epidemiology, low to high intakes almost never capture the range wherein the effect can actually be seen (0mg/day to 300mg/day). This has led to a prevailing paradigm that suggests that dietary cholesterol has little or no impact on the incidence of cardiovascular disease. But I'm not certain we can say this with confidence. I'd like to know your thoughts on this."

Quack Asylum [72:55]

Dismissal of the work of Ancel Keys, in favor of promoting high saturated fat intakes and high red meat intakes as not problematic.

    Random Recommendations [75:28]

    Alan's Recommendation: Twilight of Democracy - Anne Applebaum

    Danny's Recommendation: Very Bad Wizards podcast (with a special mention of episode 181 discussing David Foster Wallace’s Good Old Neon)

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    1. I hope you also do a separate sigma statement on this topic. I would love to read that one. Thanks alan and danny for doing this podcast

    2. Just started listening to the podcast! At the very beginning of this episode you mentioned that there have been previous episodes on dietary fats and how they influence blood lipids and cardiovascular disease in the show notes. Where can I find these show notes? I would love to listen to these previous episodes and read the Sigma Statements. Thanks!

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