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New Dietary Guidelines from the USDA and DHHS.

The USDA and the DHHS have issued new dietary guidelines for Americans. And, for the first time, they include guidelines for babies and toddlers.

These new guidelines are more than just suggestions for healthy eating by our government. The health care industry and law makers will use the guidelines in their work. At the federal and state level the guidelines will dictate much of what Americans of all ages will eat over the next five years and will be the basis of federal nutrition programs.

The guidelines state that their goals included “customizing and enjoy nutrient-dense food and beverage choices to reflect personal preferences, cultural traditions, and budgetary considerations” and “meeting food group needs with nutrient-dense foods and beverages and stay within calorie limits.”

Many have noted that the guidelines glaringly lack any quantitative recommendations on alcohol or sugar intake.

Another highlight included suggestions on added sugar in babies’ and toddlers’ diets. While the amount of added sugar remained at 10% of daily calories the guidelines did suggest that for children under 2 years old, they consume no added sugars what so ever.


New Cholesterol Guidelines

This past week, new guidelines for risk assessment of heart disease came out. The bottom line is, just the numbers of your cholesterol aren’t figured in anymore for your risk of heart disease. Now it looks at your blood pressure, whether you have diabetes, smoke, and your race, age, and gender as well.

Guess what, Jody, you can download an assessment tool from the American Heart Association to find out your risk. The new guidelines are determining whether you will benefit from statin drugs. More people may find themselves taking statins even if their cholesterol numbers seem normal. Diet and exercise alone may not decrease the risk of needing the drugs.

~ Steve Victor