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Dietary Cholesterol and Blood Cholesterol Concentrations—Reply

Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH1; David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD2
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1Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts
2New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2015;314(19):2084-2085. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12604.
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In Reply We agree with Ms Levin and colleagues that, after decades of misguided focus on dietary fat reduction, a “bewildered public” has trouble differentiating dietary cholesterol from blood cholesterol or cholesterol from saturated fat. Unfortunately, similar errors are sometimes made by scientists and policy makers when they do not differentiate between total blood cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, apolipoprotein B, other lipid and lipoprotein effects, nonlipid mechanistic pathways, or—most relevantly—risk of clinical cardiovascular events.


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November 17, 2015
Susan Levin, MS, RD; Cameron Wells, MPH, RD; Neal Barnard, MD
1Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, DC
2George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2015;314(19):2083-2084. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12595.
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