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New Dietary Guidelines
Let's Move Forward
Yes, we learned to eat from a flawed study. It is what it is.
Fortunately, the dietary guidelines designed for nutrition and health professionals to help individuals ages two and older consume a healthy and nutritious diet, have been revised. Actually, these guidelines are revised every five years by the US Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. The 2015-2020 draft has been released.
The new guidelines greatly focus on limiting sugar intake. Excess sugar has been proven to cause cancer, diabetes, metabolic syndrome-x, a weakened immune system and a plethora of other diseases.
For the first time ever, the government recommends a limit on added sugar, advising it makes up only 10% of your daily caloric intake. A can or two of soda and you could exceed your daily limit right there. Stick to fresh fruits and vegetables for optimal health.
The new guidelines also pay attention to the consumption of a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, noting they prevent heart disease and diabetes.
-James Goetz (New Jersey)
In tandem with the recommendations above, Americans of all ages—children, adolescents, adults, and older adults—should meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to help promote health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Americans should aim to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. The relationship between diet and physical activity contributes to calorie balance and managing body weight. As such, the Dietary Guidelines includes a Key Recommendation to Meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Past guidelines also suggest a 300 mg/ day limit of dietary cholesterol. The government has now removed the cholesterol limit, placing emphasis on the consumption of protein rich foods. Instead of throwing away egg yolks, people are encouraged to eat up as the yolks contain vitamins A, D, E, and K as well as calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, B1, B6, B9 and B12.
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Time for Change
Better Late Than Never
Americans have been slowing growing wiser in the types of foods we consume to fuel our bodies. It seems everyone now is beginning to slowly catch up.