“Sugar and New Guidelines for 2016”

According to new regulations, some Americans may not have to cut back on eggs and salt as much as previously thought.  Also, eating lean meat is still allowed.  But, we are reminded to watch out for the added sugars, especially from sugary drinks.  The Obama administration’s new dietary guidelines, released January 2016, back off the strictest sodium rules included in the last version, while still saying that Americans consume too much salt.  Keeping people confused, the guidelines reverse previous guidance on the dangers of dietary cholesterol and add strict new advice on sugars.  After a backlash from the meat industry and Congress, the administration ignored several suggestions from a February 2015 report by an advisory committee of doctors and nutrition experts.  That panel suggested calling for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats and de-emphasized lean meats in its list of proteins that are part of a healthy diet.  Fortunately for me, as in the previous years, the government still says lean meats are part of a healthy eating pattern.

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