Cholesterol vindicated

In what might seem to be an extract from the futuristic Woody Allen movie, Sleeper, it turns out that dietary cholesterol is not the cardiovascular problem we once thought it was, even if you have "bad" genes. New work from the University of Eastern Finland reveals that eating an egg a day, which represents a relatively high intake of dietary cholesterol, is not associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Moreover, there is no association with heart disease even in people with the APOE4 phenotype, which affects cholesterol metabolism and is common among the Finnish population. Details were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.