Friday, February 20, 2015

Dietary report: Eggs, coffee in, but sugar is out

By Mary Clare Jalonick
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don't forget your vegetables.
Recommendations on Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol. And it says the caffeine in a few cups of coffee could actually be good for you.
The committee also is backing off stricter limits on salt, though it says Americans still get much too much. It's recommending the first real limits on added sugar, saying that's a problem for young people.
The Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments will take those recommendations into account in writing final 2015 dietary guidelines by the end of the year. The guidelines affect nutritional patterns throughout the country — from federally subsidized school lunches to food package labels to your doctor's advice.
The report says dietary cholesterol now is "not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption." This follows increasing medical research showing the amount of cholesterol in your bloodstream is more complicated than once thought.
The committee says available evidence "shows no appreciable relationship" between heart disease and how much dietary cholesterol you eat, but it still recommends eating less saturated fat. The panel doesn't give a specific recommendation for how much cholesterol — or eggs — a person may eat.
For the rest of the story, including recommendations on consumption and taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages, and guidelines on salt, coffee, vegetable and red meat consumption, go to The Denver Post.

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