The literature is and experts are torn on this. Most studies I believe say that eating foods that contain cholesterol don’t raise cholesterol made by the body. Though it does seem that some people produce more cholesterol if they eat more, but this is not conclusive. Some still really feel that eating animal products raises cholesterol. I believe that it is pretty conclusive that eating saturated fat does raise cholesterol levels
Now, for my opinion. I believe that some people will naturally have elevated cholesterol levels and that it is perfectly healthy. I also believe that some people will have elevated cholesterol levels and that it isn’t healthy, but I think that’s rare. People should eat low saturated fat and meat sparingly. I like Michael Pollan’s term “flexitarian”. Eat meat once or twice a week and, as he advocates, they should be range/grass fed. The problem with taking meat out of the diet people may stuff themselves with carbohydrates. The easiest thing to say is to eat things in their natural state. The less “Franken foods” the better!