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U.S. issues new dietary guidelines that will change the way you eat

los_angeles_logo-450x300By: Melissa Healy, The Los Angeles Times

In the first slate of nutritional recommendations it has issued since 2011, the federal government on Thursday gave health-conscious Americans the go-ahead to eat eggs and others foods rich in cholesterol, to drink as many as five cups of coffee daily, and to enjoy a range of fats long avoided by many.

The new dietary guidelines, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services, are the first ever to recommend a limit–10% of daily calories–to the amount of added sugars Americans should consume.

Saturated fats, too, should account for no more than 10% of a person’s daily calorie intake, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend. That puts red meats, butter, cheeses and high-fat dairy products like ice cream and whole milk in a category of foods to be eaten sparingly.

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