Cholesterol and low-carb diets – the evidence

 
This guide is based on scientific evidence, following our policy for evidence-based guides.

It’s written by Franziska Spritzler, RD, with the latest major update on June 20, 2019, including feedback from Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD. The guide was medically reviewed by Dr. Bret Scher, MD, on June 20, 2019.1

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Disclaimer: The health implications of cholesterol is a topic of controversy, with some disagreement among different researchers and experts about how exactly to interpret the available evidence. Read more about the ongoing debate here.

For even more details and relevant research on connected topics, see our guides to healthy fats, vegetable oils and saturated fats. Also see our list of core scientific studies related to heart disease, cholesterol and saturated fats.

 
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  1. The latest update includes a few modest changes in the text and the addition of a few scientific references, based on the latest medical review.

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