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Eat less sugar, go for the veggies, new government guidelines say

Today_2013By: Maggie Fox, Today

New guidelines come out Thursday advising Americans on what to eat, and there’s one surprising and controversial new piece of advice: eat less sugar

It’s very specific. Americans should get less than 10 percent of calories from added sugar, according to the federal dietary guidelines, which are changed every five years.

People should also take it easy on salt and saturated fat, Health and Human Service Secretary Sylvia Burwell told NBC News.

And almost everyone needs way more fruits and vegetables, the guidelines say.

“Let’s get to those fruits and vegetables, let’s get to that low fat dairy, let’s get to those proteins and, including lean meat and proteins, let’s work on our oils and make sure those grains are whole grains as much as possible,” Burwell said in an exclusive interview with NBC.

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