By Rita Larsen, RDN; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor
The newest Dietary Guidelines from the USDA will be out later in 2015. If you and your family are thinking about making improvements in the way you eat, take a look at what is being proposed for the first time in five years of government recommendations. These guidelines are designed to inform federal food and nutrition educators what the newest research is indicating are the best components of a good nutrition plan. Depending on your views, these new treads may delight and surprise you. But, it may be worth your while to double-check these factors before you make your plans. So here goes!
Few of us will grumble about the new findings that 3-5 cups of coffee per day can be good for you and help to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Others, may be pleased to hear that moderate amounts of alcohol are beneficial for some people.
It is time for all of us to realize that these guidelines catch up to the many medical research reports that say that there is no longer a link between the cholesterol in food and blood cholesterol. The 2010 guidelines, as you may remember, suggested a cholesterol intake of no more than 300 mg of cholesterol a day.
The biggest implication here will be the lifting of the ban on eating whole eggs. For most nutritionists, there was never any real worry here, as the feeling prevailed that eggs contained the highest quality biological value for protein than any other food source.
Shift: More Plant foods, Less Meats.
This particular view may have been in the works for some time. There is much value in looking to alternate sources of protein, that is, plant-based proteins.
Added to this view is also the feeling that new and different sources of good fiber foods would benefit us all. Basic grains are a part of the new horizon which we mentioned in articles earlier this year. Soy foods, and other sources of plant protein, will hold an even bigger place in future dietary plans. Vegetarians have long these views for improved nutrition through alternate sources.
In the meantime, proponents of the “beef is better” meat industry will continue to rally for continued use of their time-honored products. Folks who follow a meat heavy, low carbohydrate diet have had resolve for years that this was a good path to follow, both for fitness planning and blood sugar stabilization. Time will tell us all!
Let’s just say that your sweet tooth may be in trouble. However, it makes perfect nutritional sense that we all be cautioned to lower the amount of overall pure sugar that we eat. More about this will follow. Today Americans are consuming about 126 g of sugar per day, which computes to 500 calories. The committee will advise that added sugars will be kept to 200 calories per day, the amount in a 16-oz carbonated beverage. It is likely that most of us will cut back on these sugary foods, appreciating their taste in a whole new way. But, less will be better! Now if we can urge manufacturers of food products containing sweeteners, as high-fructose corn syrup, then we will be well on our way. Or, we will just need to become better consumers.
In the meantime, before these “Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015” come out, think about how you would make personal changes on your own, without any recommendations from public sources. Who knows, they may coincide very well together!
This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.