But a key report in the US has found that the science which warned us off eating high cholesterol foods could have been flawed. These were:
Lard, dripping and goose fat.
Fatty meat and meat products such as sausages, bacon and liver.
Full fat cheese, milk, cream and yogurt.
Coconut and palm oils and coconut cream.
A growing number of experts have been arguing there is no link between high cholesterol in food and dangerous levels of the fatty substance in the blood. Many people working in the field claimed butter is a more acceptable spread for bread, because the body knows what to do with it, whereas margarine confuses the natural process.
Now, in a move signaling a dramatic change of stance, the US Department of Agriculture will accept advice to drop cholesterol from its list of nutrients of concern and no longer warn people against eating them.
A US cardiologist of the Cleveland Clinic, said: 'It's the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They've been wrong for decades.'
The cholesterol in your body comes from two sources. Some comes from the cholesterol in your food, but most is made by your liver. If your liver is stimulated to make lots of cholesterol, levels rise in your blood. What stimulates the liver to make cholesterol? Primarily, saturated and trans fats.
Doctors around the world are now shifting away from warnings about cholesterol from fats and focusing concern on sugar as the biggest dietary threat.
Now let's get creative about this advice. I have always listened to my body. It doesn't want fatty foods, but rather, sends a message for me to eat fruit and vegetables.
My husband and I prepare our evening meal together, nowadays. His spirit is still willing, but his body is weakening due to cancer. Experts have given him bad advice and treatment for the last eight months. But he's fighting to remain level. We are all reliant on a professional to guide us along a path filled with pitfalls.
My husband and I share the experience of cooking and eating to compliment each other. After a meal of chicken or fish, salad and wholemeal bread, everything inside me hums with health and satisfaction. His face beams with a glow that only food, shared with someone you love, can give.
But every person is an individual and each one of us yearns for different food. You may feel you need fried food to feel good. So, have it—in moderation. Think about how the food is processed inside you. Be pro-active, as my computer man always advises. Combat any harm with exercise.
'Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It's not about nutrients and calories. It's about sharing. It's about honesty. It's about identity.' Louise Fresco.