3 Things You Might Not Know About The New National Food Guidelines

The Obama administration recently released the updated national food guidelines. You can find the entire 570-page report here. There were some major changes made to some old health claims that time has proven false. Below are 3 interesting guideline changes/recommendations:

No more cholesterol limits. Remember all of the cholesterol tests and limits that were made to seem so important. Well, time has proven that there is no correlation between dietary cholesterol and the amount of cholesterol found in your blood. Even more interesting, the American Heart Association said that cutting back on cholesterol will not affect LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. This is a complete change from what was pushed before and thankfully the recommendations finally have caught up with science.

Red and processed meat needs to be limited. The report said that diets high in red and processed meat as well as sweets and french fries is correlated to a greater risk of colon and rectal cancer. Red and processed meat also has a direct effect on age related cognitive impairment. Maybe it’s a good idea to cut back.

Moderate coffee and alcohol part of healthy diet. 3-5 cups of coffee a day have been shown to reduce Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk. Amazingly one study found that 10 cups of coffee a day reduced Type 2 Diabetes risk by 37%. Alcohol can be a part of a healthy diet as well, stated the guidelines, but it still warned against use by pregnant women and people who don’t drink should not start for the potential health benefits.

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