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New dietary guidelines: lean meat OK, cut the added sugars

9 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago January 07, 2016 Jan 7, 2016 Thursday, January 07 2016 January 07, 2016 10:47 AM in Health
Source: Associated Press
By: Mary Clare Jalonick

WASHINGTON - New dietary guidelines released by the government say that some Americans may not have to cut back on eggs and salt as much as they once thought. And eating lean meat is still OK. But watch the sugary drinks.

The guidelines released Thursday back off the strictest sodium rules included in the last version, though Americans still consume too much salt. It reverses guidance on the dangers of dietary cholesterol and adds new advice on sugars.

Released every five years, the guidelines are intended to help Americans prevent disease and obesity. They inform everything from package labels to subsidized school lunches to doctors' advice. The main message is similar to previous years: Eat your fruits and vegetables. Whole grains and seafood, too. And keep sugar, fats and salt in moderation.

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