New dietary guidelines were unveiled recently that called on Americans to cut down on meat, salt, and sweets. The new guidelines recommend consuming less than 10 percent of one’s daily calories from added sugar—including that found in seemingly healthy foods, such as yogurt. Limiting saturated fat was also recommended—a chief source is meat. Eating less meat is associated with reduced cases of heart disease and stroke, the report said. The report also singled out teenage boys and adult men as eating excessive meat and other proteins, and said they “need to reduce overall intake of protein foods by decreasing intakes of meats, poultry, and eggs and increasing amounts of vegetables or other under consumed food groups.”

But for many people, the report said, eggs are a good source of nutrition, and not as big a worry on cholesterol as previously believed. Americans are also advised to eat more fruits and vegetables and work out more. The recommendation on sodium is now 2,300 milligrams per day for healthy adults and 1,500 milligrams per day for those with high blood pressure or those in danger of developing high blood pressure. The number of Americans at risk of developing high blood pressure has increased over the past five years. Now, two-thirds of the population is at risk. Back in 2010, only half the population was at risk. The increase in people with high blood pressure is another reason to “know your numbers.” Everyone is encouraged to stop by the RCH lobby between 7-10:00 a.m. February 15-19, 2016 for free blood pressure screenings.

Source: American Heart Association