New federal dietary guidelines have the food, meat and beverage industries buzzing. Released once every five years, dietary recommendations are updated based on the most recent medical research. A few of the new guidelines came as a surprise to some, yet health experts insist they don’t go far enough to have a significant impact on the overall health of the nation. Here are some of the highlights.
• Men and women of all ages need to seriously cut back on sugar, specifically added sugar. The guidelines recommend that you not let it exceed 10 percent of your daily caloric intake.
• Males ages 14–70 currently consume more than the maximum recommended 34 oz./week of protein via meats, poultry and eggs, and they fall drastically short in their consumption of other protein sources like seafood, nuts and seeds.
• Previous recommendations for a limit on dietary cholesterol of 300 milligrams a day have been removed. The cholesterol limitation was thought to help reduce the risk of heart disease, but now, per the new report: “Adequate evidence is not available for a quantitative limit for dietary cholesterol.”
To read more, visit health.gov/dietaryguidelines.