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New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Focus on Salt Reduction
Date:1/31/2011

300 milligrams per day of cholesterol.
  • Avoiding trans fatty acids.
  • Gleaning nutrients primarily from eating nutritious food, instead of relying on supplements.
  • Consuming alcohol only in moderation, meaning one drink or less for women per day and two drinks for men.
  • Drinking water instead of sugary sodas or other sweetened drinks.
  • The guidelines follow closely on the heels of proposed new federal guidelines for making school lunches healthier. Those proposals, issued earlier this month, are similar, including having kids incorporate more grains and vegetables into school meals and switching to low- or nonfat milk.

    "This is very much what many health professionals have been saying for years. There's nothing particularly earth-shattering here," Sandon said. "But these guidelines are evidence-based, they're based on science and what we know about healthy eating, what we know about weight loss and how nutrients promote our health but tend to get lost among all the hypes of the fad diets out there. If [only] we could make this the next fad diet -- we need to get this to stand out in the public's mind above all the hundreds of books that are making promises of quick fixes. This is as close as we can get to the truth about healthy eating."

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    Find out more about the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans at the U.S. Department of Agriculture .

    SOURCES: Jan. 31, 2011, news conference with Kathleen Sebelius, secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Tom Vilsack, secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Lona Sandon, R.D., assistant professor, clinical nutrition, University of Texas Southwestern Dallas; Jan. 31, 2011, news release, American Heart Association; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dietary Guidelines for Americans


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