Friday, January 8, 2016

HHS, USDA Release Updated Dietary Guidelines.

The CBS Evening News (1/7, story 9, 2:10, Pelley) reported, “Today the government revised its advice for a healthy diet. The headlines: Lean meat and eggs may now be okay, but sugar and salt still bad.”

USA Today (1/8, Szabo) reports that the new guidelines, from the US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Health and Human Services, recommend “limiting the amount of added sugars in our diet to no more than 10% of daily calories,” which is approximately “12 teaspoons of sugar a day.”

The Los Angeles Times (1/8, Healy) reports, “Essentially, the latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans nudges the country’s nutritional policy toward a traditional Mediterranean diet.”

The AP (1/8, Jalonick) reports that reducing “sodium intake was the major push of the 2010 guidelines, and that document recommended that those most at risk of heart disease, or about half the population, lower their intake to 1,500 mg.” However, “the new guidelines delete that lower amount as part of the top recommendations.” But, “the report says those with high blood pressure and prehypertension could benefit from a steeper reduction.”

However, according to the New York Times (1/8, A3, O'Connor), “the guidelines were also notable for what they did not say.” Although “draft recommendations had suggested all Americans adopt more environmentally-sustainable eating habits by cutting back on meat, that advice was dropped from the final guidelines.” Meanwhile, “longstanding limits on dietary cholesterol were also removed.”

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