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New Dietary Guidelines Hold a Few Surprises

In this April 24, 2014 file photo, a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables are displayed for sale at a market in Washington. A 12-year study released Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, shows a steady improvement in American's eating habits, but food choices remain less than ideal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
In this April 24, 2014 file photo, a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables are displayed for sale at a market in Washington. A 12-year study released Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, shows a steady improvement in American’s eating habits, but food choices remain less than ideal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Richard Marini, THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE

 
(The Houston Chronicle)—A lot of the advice in the recently released U.S. dietary guidelines sounds familiar, yet it holds a few surprises, too.

The report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee tries to rehabilitate once-frowned-upon foods such as eggs and coffee while renewing calls to banish processed foods and sugary soft drinks from the American diet.

Many of the committee’s warnings will resonate with anyone who keeps up with nutrition news. Among them: We eat too much salt, sugar and saturated fat, and not enough fruit, veggies, nuts, whole grains and fish.

“The recommendations are very similar to the 2010 report, which is good because it gives the consumer a consistent message to consider,” said Kara Trochta, a registered dietitian/nutritionist at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center.

 

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