Every morning I receive links to nutrition related articles. This morning I read an article about Burger King taking soft drinks off the kid’s meal. I felt inspired by this monumental change and thought that I would provide you with some of the nutrition changes that are taking place in our society today:
1. Burger King: It’s true Burger King dropped soda from its kids menus. Instead of soda kids can now choose from fat free milk, 100% apple juice and low fat chocolate milk. This change should allow kids to eat better, and potentially create healthier habits in the future.
2. Cholesterol: New findings from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, show that eating foods high in cholesterol may not significantly affect the level of cholesterol in the blood and increase the risk of heart disease. This new finding only discusses cholesterol levels in food. It does not reverse warnings about high levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood. The current U.S. guidelines call for restricting cholesterol intake to 300 milligrams daily. More to come on this topic once the Dietary Guidelines for American’s 2015 is published this year.
3. Sugar: New guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) say, “the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their sugar intake to just 5 to 10 percent of their overall calories”. Keep in mind this only affects added sugar in processed foods and including honey, syrups, and fruit juice. This recommendation does not apply to naturally occurring sugar found in fruit, vegetables and milk. Many experts have discussed the dangers of sugar and some studies suggest that people who eat large amounts of the sugar can be at a higher risk of dying prematurely from heart problems, among other complications. The Agriculture and Health and Human Services Departments will take these recommendations into account when writing the final guidelines, which is due by the end of this year.
4. McDonalds: McDonalds U.S. restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics. The concern here is that the overuse of antibiotics may diminish their effectiveness in fighting disease in humans. The change will take place over two years.
The one thing about nutrition is that it if forever changing. New recommendations come out all the time and there are usually two sides of each topic. I find topics like this exciting, it shows that our society is changing and hopefully moving towards a better path.