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Figure D4-4. IOM Figure 9-2: Relationship Between Change in Dietary Cholesterol (0 to 4500 mg/day) and Change in Serum Cholesterol Concentration.

This graph shows the curvilinear relationship between dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol concentration. The relationship is quasilinear with cholesterol intake of 0 to 300 to 400 mg per day. The effect of dietary cholesterol on serum cholesterol levels appears to diminish with increasing baseline dietary cholesterol intake. Dietary cholesterol ranged from 0 to 4,500 mg/day.

Source: IOM (Institutes of Medicine). Dietary Reference Intakes: Energy, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2002.

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