The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee always resets normality to its initial limits and rules. A boost and a thumbs up from the Committee is welcomed and those who read their reports should congratulate themselves if they are already eating from the top of the food chain. The latest report given by this sacred engine states known facts, but especially because it isn’t new, people should pay special attention to it. The data is simple: more vegetables, less meat and trying to avoid soda. However this time, an exception can be made at certain foods that are high in cholesterol. Obviously, there has been a violent response coming from the meat and soda industry.
The report is 571 pages long and it has been called “flawed” and “nonsensical” by the representatives of the meat industry. Furthermore, soda companies say that the high intensity sweeteners that they are using in the making of the product can actually be “an effective tool in weight loss”, information that has raised the attention of nutrition specialists and trainers from all over the U.S.
The most important part of the report is stated as follows:
“A healthy dietary pattern is higher in vegetables, whole grains, low- or non-fat dairy, seafood, legumes, and nuts,” says the report, “[It’s] moderate in alcohol (among adults); lower in red and processed meats; and low in sugar-sweetened foods and drinks and refined grains.”
Very interesting and rather new information has been written about the intake of cholesterol, forcing old statements about the issue to become obsolete. It seems that researches have proves that there is no association between food that are high in cholesterol and health problems.
Additionally, scientists have found that three to five cups of coffee a day “is not associated with increased long-term health risks.” On the contrary, another report that was written in the February edition of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention has verified the same data and has concluded that women who drank four cups of coffee per day reduced the risk of getting endometrical cancer with 18%.
Even if coffee has escaped from the black list, energy drinks didn’t and the report suggests that the teenagers that usually drink them should do it sporadically or not at all, if possible. As far as the adults are concerned, they are not being allowed to drink alcohol combined with energy drinks.
Last but not least, the meat industry has found itself in a rather negative light, because the report has brought up to discussion a lot of environmental impacts that eating meat creates. The companies that produce and commercialize meat have called the panel’s “foray into the murky waters of sustainability” as “well beyond its scope and expertise.”
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