Dietary Guidelines Committee repeats advice on cholesterol

June 25, 2020

In its final meeting, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) reiterated current recommendations on dietary cholesterol: consume as little as possible in the context of a healthy diet. As in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the committee did not recommend a 300-milligram daily maximum intake. Importantly, the committee also did not identify cholesterol as a nutrient of public health concern for overconsumption.

The committee’s report will be made public in July, and the full text may have additional details and discussion on cholesterol. For now, it appears this report will repeat advice from 2015, which significantly improved the perception of eggs as a healthy, nutritious food.

The 2020 report also seems likely to put new emphasis on the importance of choline, especially for certain population groups like pregnant women. Eggs are an excellent source of choline.