I’ve been tracking my food consumption using LiveStrong.com, and for the most part, I noticed that I don’t come anywhere near their recommended cholesterol intake (182 mg/day, based on my height and weight).
My cholesterol is already genetically high. So is there any reason I need to be hitting that, or any other, recommended marker for cholesterol?
– Jennifer DiSanto
I can’t, for the life of me, understand why you would be given a “recommended cholesterol intake”. There isn’t one!
There is a set limit of 300 milligrams per day, but that is not a “mark to hit”. Besides, not everyone is cholesterol-sensitive. When it comes to blood cholesterol levels, trans fats, saturated fats from dairy and red meat, and excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids are the main things to watch for.
Cholesterol (found exclusively in animal and animal-derived foods) is not an essential nutrient; our bodies manufacture it.
Vegan diets, for instance, don’t offer a single milligram of cholesterol.
By the way — let me be perfectly clear: the absence of cholesterol does not automatically make a food “heart-healthy”. Skittles and French fries cooked in corn oil are “cholesterol-free”, but that one tidbit of nutrition information is not enough to make a qualified judgment on their nutritional value.
Anyone who mentions a “recommended intake of cholesterol” needs to take a nutrition 101 class. Stat.
Is it possible you misread their recommendation and they are actually asking you to consume no more than 182 milligrams per day? That would make a lot more sense to me.