Nutrition Experts Reflect On the New Guidelines

US Department of Health and Human Services in tasked with offering nutrition advice and guidelines to millions of Americans. The organization must update these guidelines after every five years. In a recent attempt, a committee of top nutrition experts added eggs, coffee and many others as good foods and removed some.

Critics for once have agreed that the committee, which is tasked with advising the government on nutrition, came up with a brutally honest and straightforward finding based on good research. According to the experts, the committee’s shift from focusing on nutrients to focusing on foods is a good move because a good combination of the recommended foods is just enough as the nutrients will sort themselves out. They say that focusing more on nutrients only gives birth to bad eating habits.

Another recommendation by the committee that caught the eye of many is that cholesterol is no longer a concern in food overconsumption. The committee says that there is no correlation between dietary cholesterol and the cholesterol levels in the blood. Experts agree that there is no big deal with the cholesterol report. As long people are willing to follow the instructions laid out in the report, they will be taking in less cholesterol.

For the first time, the committee put into consideration the effects of diet on the environment, which is much to the delight of environmentalists. The committee encouraged people to eat less red meat and adopt a plant-based diet. Experts applauded the recommendation saying that it is time people started acknowledging the linkage between humanity and nature. People are also advised against taking processed sugar. Sugary products should not comprise more that 10% of a person’s daily intake of calories. Apparently, the recommendations echo what the World Health Organization has been preaching for many years.

The research on the link between foods and mental health also emerged in the report, and many nutrition experts are proud of it. According to the report, omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are good source of complementary therapy for depression. The committee also recommended a diet full of vegetables and fruits since it lowers the risks for Alzheimer’s disease. Though the committee didn’t formulate policies on foods and mental health citing less research, experts are happy that it captured it in the report.