Now, the Dietary Guidelines issued by the Advisory Committee give us very different information from the one that was familiar to us since the early 80s. It seems that there will be no upper limit as far as fat is concerned.
Already some dieticians were advising the general public that fats are not the number one enemy in our diets. On the contrary, we should try to include clean, healthy sources of fat and eliminate carbohydrates, especially if these come from over-processed food such as cereal products, sugary drinks and sweetened milk.
Schools will most likely change their policies regarding the food they serve in cafeterias as well. For example, they will hopefully avoid serving various types of flavored low-fat milk that has loads of sugar in it and very little nutritional value.
Thus, Americans are advised to cut down on soda and baked potato chips and choose their food from the list of healthy products that contain good fats instead.
These include eggs (especially the yolk, which is full of good nutrients), avocados – which contain various vitamins and minerals that are good for the body, olives- which have antioxidant properties, fat fish like salmon, herring and mackerel – which is a great source of protein, nuts – which are good sources of fats and proteins. Even a nub of butter is good once in a while, as long as it comes from grass-fed cows.
Dieticians welcome these new changes, given the fact that many experts had already expressed their dissatisfaction with the limit imposed on the fats a person should consume on a daily bases.
According to them, this limit prompted people to consume more low-fat products that were high on carbs and quite processed. These products would automatically include more sugar than a person should eat.
“The limit on total fat presents an obstacle to sensible change, promoting harmful low-fat foods, undermining attempts to limit intakes of refined starch and added sugar, and discouraging the restaurant and food industry from providing products higher in healthful fats” stated Dr Darius Mozzaffarian (Tufts University) and Dr. David Ludwig (Boston Children’s Hospital).
The idea that the quantity of fat should be limited as much as possible stemmed from the belief that cholesterol was bad.
Now, the new dietary guidelines say that cholesterol is no longer a concern and people should focus more on reducing sugar from their diets in order to stay healthy.
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