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    U.S. Dietary Guidelines Take Aim at Sugar
    atti_editor posted:
    "Stop chugging sugary soda and munching sweet treats. Cut back on red meats, butter and other sources of saturated fat. Lay off the salt shaker. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. And don't worry about having an egg and an extra cup of coffee with your breakfast.

    These are the conclusions of the advisory panel that helps shape America's official dietary guidelines, and they appear to be about the same as they were back in 2010, the last time the guidelines were updated, dietitians say.

    The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's report this year concludes that Americans are still eating far too much sugar, salt and saturated fat, increasing their risk of chronic and deadly illnesses.

    Americans also aren't getting adequate levels of important nutrients such as vitamin D, calcium, potassium, fiber and iron, the committee found."

    Read the article above to see which foods are the worst offenders and what the committee recommends.

    How closely does your diet follow the guidelines?
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    rohvannyn responded:
    Cutting back on sugar and red meat is good, cutting back on processed food is also good. Cutting back too much on salt can do damage so don't eliminate it all the way. As for saturated fat, yes, too much is a bad thing but some fats, saturated and otherwise are neccessary for absorption of certain vitamins. A little butter, for example, has health benefits. Meanwhile, margarine is terrible for you.

    Did you know that the sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen, are made from cholesterol? So don't cut that out completely either. Our brains also need a certain amount of fat to function properly.

    So, as in all things, take the governmental guidelines in moderation.

    'Your focus determines your reality.' --QGJ

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