Bring on the eggs, skip the soda, say new dietary guidelines

There's a group called the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and they want to change the way we eat.

The advisory panel is recommending several significant changes to the federal government's current list of dietary guidelines.

Dr. Steve Nissen is a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic who says the change makes a lot of sense. 

"I think that there is no question that we probably drove some of the current epidemic with bad advice in the past. when we told Americans, limit your intake of fat," Nissen said. "We ended up with a diet that was too high in carbohydrates. we ended up with more obesity and more diabetes and we've paid a big price for that."

The committee is recommending people no longer restrict dietary cholesterol.

That's because the most recent research shows it does not increase our risk for heart attack and stroke like we thought.

Nissen says blood cholesterol levels are controlled mainly by our genes.

"We can tell people now that they shouldn't feel guilty if they want to eat eggs," Nissen said. "I wouldn't eat eggs every day for breakfast, but certainly a reasonable intake of eggs is now okay, that's a big change." 

The committee is also recommending avoiding excess intake of simple sugars, like in soft drinks, because it may lead to obesity, diabetes, and coronary heart disease.

This is part of the reason low-fat diets are no longer being recommended.

Low-fat diets tend to replace fat with carbohydrates and those simple sugars.

Nissen agrees with the committee's recommendation that a Mediterranean-style diet, or a diet that provides about 30 percent of its calories from fat, works best. 

"If people can stick to a diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables, good fats like olive oil, fish, complex carbohydrates, not simple carbohydrates- they'll be better off," he said.

The new recommendations could see the government take a stand on red meat consumption, too.

Nissen says it's good information that everyone should use. 

"These guidelines affect every single person in the United States," he said. "We all have to eat. The choices we make about what we eat have a big impact on our health."

The dietary guidelines are updated every five years. The new list is expected to be released in the fall. 

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