Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Latest Dietary Guidelines

Every five years a blue panel committee of dietary experts meet to write a report  summarizing the scientific evidence used to formulate  the official government dietary guidelines. There are a number of interesting changes in the new guidelines.

The most significant finding of the report is that dietary patterns are more important than specific foods.This means that people should not think about individual foods as much as putting together a healthy dietary pattern. Do not think of this as a punitive diet but as a healthy pattern of eating that should taste good.

This new pattern of eating will be higher in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, seafood, legumes and nuts. It will be moderate in alcohol and nonfat dairy and lower in red and processed meats, sugar, sweetened drinks and foods. It will also be lower in refined grains.

Another change will be to no longer focus on the amount of fat in your diet but rather on the type of fat. You should limit foods high in saturated fat such as meats and whole dairy while choosing foods high in polyunsaturated fats. The reason is that cholesterol in foods is not responsible for elevated blood cholesterol. Saturated fat is responsible. See our blog on healthy eating for more information on the role of fats in your diet.

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