The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted their newest 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines on January 7, 2016. Most notable was their specific recommendation to limit added sugars to less than 10% of our caloric intake per day. These added sugars include sugars and syrups added to processed or prepared foods and beverages. The added sugars include brown sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, honey, lactose, maple syrup, molasses, nectars, and sucrose. These added sugars are most commonly found in foods like soft drinks, candy, pastries, ice cream, and other sweets.
The reason why the HHS made this more detailed guideline on added sugars was because of the health problems associated with these added sugars. These health problems include tooth decay, cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. Moreover, these added sugars have no essential nutrients. As a result, people must add to their caloric intake in order to perhaps obtain more essential nutrients.
The HHS did offer some guidelines for decreasing these added sugars. Their guidelines included eating more vegetables, more whole fruits and whole grains, eating fat-free or low fat dairy products, eating more seafood and lean meats, and choosing plant oils like canola, corn, olive, and peanut oils.
For more information on national dietary recommendations, we invite you to follow another HHS link.
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