Americans need to cut back drastically on salt. They also need to eat fewer sweets and fatty foods, including sausages, hot dogs, cheese and pizza. But go ahead and enjoy a little lean meat and eggs. Those are the findings of a government panel of scientists who spent the last year and a half reviewing the latest research on the links between the foods Americans consume and health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
The administration will use the scientists' findings to revise the government's dietary guidelines for the country. Consumers hear a barrage of sometimes conflicting information about nutrition and health. But the dietary guidelines, which are revised every five years, are a fresh assessment of what the best science is saying.
Lean meats and eggs come out largely okay in the scientists' latest review of the research. They found little evidence of a link between meat and problems such as heart disease and cancer, and list lean meat, poultry and eggs among the "nutrient-dense" foods that people need the most.
More information is available at www.cnpp.usda.gov/dietaryguidelines.htm.
Reprinted in part from the Des Moines Register