Eat This, Not That: Proposed Dietary Guidelines

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has proposed new recommendations for the American diet. If accepted by the end of the year, the suggestions reverse some changes to decades-old nutritional advice from experts in the fields of nutrition, medicine and public health, particularly regarding cholesterol.

According to the scientific report, “cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” Previously, the guidelines stated that cholesterol intake should be limited to no more than 300 milligrams per day but according to the DGAC, current evidence doesn’t show an appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol.

Instead, the new guidelines encourage the general population to consume a common-sense diet that focuses on reduced sodium, saturated fat and added sugars:

  • Less than 2,300 milligrams of dietary sodium per day
  • Less than 10 percent of total calories from saturated fat per day
  • A maximum of 10 percent of total calories from added sugars per day (amount of sugar in one 12-ounce can of soda, a bowl of sugary cereal or a “fun-size” candy bar)
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