The average American’s cholesterol has doubled in the past decade, but it’s unclear if this is due to a rise in fast food or unhealthy diets.
Now, the FDA has launched a new initiative aimed at encouraging Americans to take steps to lower their cholesterol, and the findings may surprise you.
The new initiative is called the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), and it aims to help consumers make better choices when it comes to eating and health.
The idea behind HEI is to measure the percentage of fat, sugar, and saturated fat in a food, and then give consumers an easy way to track how much of these components they’re consuming.
The result is that a person who is eating at the recommended portion size for their weight class could see their cholesterol fall to 10 percent.
In the future, it will be possible to track individual nutrients, which could help people to better understand what’s really in their food, said Lisa J. Loeffler, M.D., MPH, a professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and an author of the study.
According to the study, the HEI score for a standard American meal is a 3, which means the average person’s total daily cholesterol would be 2,300 mg.
But if people took the HEIs advice to lower cholesterol by eating more fruits and vegetables, they could also cut their cholesterol by an average of 1,200 mg per day.
The study is available on the FDA’s website.
So what does the study tell us?
According to Dr. Lueffler and her colleagues, the main takeaway from the study is that people who reduce their daily cholesterol by 1,000 mg per week, or by 2,000mg per day, were actually more likely to lower total cholesterol than those who lowered their cholesterol at a higher level, the study authors write.
In other words, people who reduced their cholesterol to 1,400mg per week were also more likely than those at 1,500mg to reduce total cholesterol by 2 percent or more.
So this study does suggest that people can reduce their cholesterol levels by eating less, which can also lower the risk of heart disease.
The next step for the research team is to determine if the results hold true for people with type 2 diabetes, and whether this reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease.