The U.S government has released updated dietary guidelines, focusing on diet changes to prevent chronic illnesses and disease and eating to enhance longevity. A specific emphasis is given to caloric restriction from things like sugar and saturated fats.
Despite the recommendation from a nutritional advisory panel, red meat intake and sustainable diet modifications were not addressed. Instead of suggesting limiting red meat consumption, the guidelines encourage people to get their protein from “a variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), soy products, and nuts and seeds.”The panel addressed the limitation of trans fat and provided studies linking trans fats to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The guidelines also call for a reduction of sugar, suggesting less than 10% of caloric intake come from sugar, indicating a 50% cutback for the average American who consumes at least twice the recommended amount. Reduction of sodium and omission of alcohol were also items addressed by the panel.
A statement by the Health and Human Services Department declared,
“Protecting the health of the American public includes empowering them with the tools they need to make healthy choices in their daily lives. By focusing on small shifts in what we eat and drink, eating healthy becomes more manageable. The dietary guidelines provide science-based recommendations on food and nutrition so people can make decisions that may help keep their weight under control, and prevent chronic conditions, like Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.”
Despite the department’s claims to empower and educate Americans on healthy eating, information about GMOs and the benefit of organic eating was not mentioned.
It’s a shame that the department missed the opportunity to promote organic eating especially since a clean diet can treat and prevent many of the diseases mentioned in their statement. Numerous studies and personal testimonials attest to the radical benefits of a diet free of chemicals. One study even proved organic fruits and veggies contain 27% more vitamin C, 21.1% more iron, 29.3% more magnesium, 13.6% more phosphorus, and 18% more polyphenols.
Farming chemicals that are consumed when eating non-organic produce have been linked to cancer clusters, chronic diseases, and nearly twice the prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children exposed to abnormally high levels of pesticides.
For more on the benefits of organic eating, check out the Global Healing Center.
The full list of dietary guidelines can be found here.
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