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Nutritional Advice- What should I really be eating?

This is the advice from the goverment on how best to eat. Do you agree- is it really one size fits all?

Figure on two cups of fruit a day, preferably those rich in fiber, and 2-cups of veggies.

Eat 3 or more ounces of whole-grain foods per day.

Drink 3 cups per day of fat-free or low-fat milk or equivalent milk products.

Less than 10% of calories should come from saturated fatty acids and less than 300 mg.
per day of cholesterol. Keep trans fatty acid consumption as low as possible.

Keep total fat intake between 20-35% of your calories. Try to get most of your fats from
polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids such as fish, nuts and vegetable oils.

When selecting meat, poultry, dry beans, and milk/milk products, choose lean, low-fat
or fat-free options.

Limit your intake of fats and oils high in saturated and/or trans fatty acids.

Opt for foods and beverages with little added sugars or artificial sweeteners.

Consume less than 2,300 mg of sodiumabout 1 teaspoon of saltper day.

Drink alcoholic beverages in moderation; up to one glass per day for women and
up to two drinks per day for men.


Wed. Oct 4, 4:29pm

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overall, i think the guidelines are good, BUT i definately question the inclusion of 3 servings of milk/milk products. the dairy council seens to be funding most of the "research" that shows the benefits of consuming large amounts of dairy products. personally, i'd rather get my calcium etc from veggies and soy products.

remember though that these are just guidelines. listen to your body and you'll do fine.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 6:13 PM

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I call BS on the dairy servings AND the grain servings. Both industries push research acclaiming the nutritional value of their products. I know people who live fine without either. (You don't need grains to get fibre)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 7:12 PM

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I say cut down on milk products. You can get calcium from veggies. Most people have a difficult time digesting dairy products: headaches, heartburn etc...

You can always swich to soy milk or nut milks.

I myself drink a maximum of 1 cup of skim milk per day. Usually milk in my coffee and thats it. I eat a lot of fruits and veggies. If you are concerned about osteop. take a calcium suppliment.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 10:59 PM

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