New US Diet Guidelines Take Aim at Sugar

Stop chugging sugary soda and munching sweet treats.

Cut back on red meats, butter and other sources of saturated fat.

Lay off the salt shaker.

Eat plenty of fruits and veggies.

And don’t worry about having an egg and an extra cup of coffee with your breakfast.

These are the conclusions of the advisory panel that helps shape America’s official dietary guidelines, and they appear to be about the same as they were back in 2010, the last time the guidelines were updated, dietitians say.

“What’s good about the report is that much of it is reinforcing what we saw in 2010,” said Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report this year concludes that Americans are still eating far too much sugar, salt and saturated fat, increasing their risk of chronic and deadly illnesses.

Americans also aren’t getting adequate levels of important nutrients such as vitamin D, calcium, potassium, fiber and iron, the committee found.

This consistent message could help Americans who want to eat right but are confused by constantly changing recommendations, Diekman said.