For nearly a decade, Cheerios boxes have featured bold claims about the breakfast cereal’s “scientifically proven” ability to lower cholesterol. The oat-based Os are full of soluble fiber, which are key to reducing that artery-clogging nutrient. But General Mills may have to find a new tag line for the brand—because cholesterol might not be such a dietary terrorist after all.
Recent studies have shown that some maligned nutritional elements of the food we eat, such as cholesterol and saturated fat, are not as unhealthy as we once thought they were. After decades on nutritionists’ most wanted lists, cholesterol may be granted a reprieve from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Following new research suggesting the intake of cholesterol may not raise the risk of heart disease after all, the FDA is considering removing its regulation that food-product packaging include recommended guidelines for cholesterol consumption.
New findings show that cholesterol helps the human body perform some vital functions, such as producing chemicals to aid digestion. Also, the cholesterol you get from food intake may not affect your blood cholesterol levels as much as previously thought.
Now that up is down and left is right when it comes to dietary guidelines, let’s take a look at the foods that have recently earned “healthy” status—or at the very least are no longer considered wholly unhealthy.