New guidelines set limit on sugar
For the first time, a U.S. government-appointed panel has recommended a strict limit on sugar consumption. The panel, charged with coming up with federal dietary guidelines, says that Americans should limit their added sugar intake to no more than 10 percent of their daily calories, or approximately 200 calories a day for most people. That's about what you consume in one 16-ounce bottle of soda. The group noted that people shouldn't replace that sugar in their diets with with low-calorie sweeteners, but try to drink more water instead.
The panel also recommended that people should ingest fewer than 2,300 mg of sodium a day and that less than 10 percent of their calories should come from saturated fat, It did provide some good news, however, noting that moderate consumption of coffee is not associated with any long-term health risks and that warnings against eating high-cholesterol foods, such as eggs, be dropped.
Overall, the panel made other general dietary recommendations, such as the need for Americans to eat more health fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seafood, and nuts. It also suggested that Americans need to give more consideration to the impact on the environment when choosing what to eat. Red meat, in particular, is seen as being harmful to the environment because of the land and feed required to produce it.
The guidelines will be submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture, which will act on them later this year.