A group of health experts decided to share their thoughts on America’s new dietary guidelines.
Experts at Weight Watchers International praised the guidelines since they disagree with blanket recommendations such as ‘Food A is good for you, while Food B is vile.’ So, nutritionists were pleased with the federal experts’ new approach to recommend eating more of food X and less of food Y, rather than completely banning food Y.
Weight Watchers analysts criticized the recommendations related to nutritional breakdowns for every day. They said that a regular American would need someone with an advanced degree in math to do the calculations.
“You shouldn’t have to do mental gymnastics to dissect a food label,”
said Weight Watchers’ Gary Foster.
He also noted that an average person living in the U.S. needs to take nearly 200 decisions every day when he or she tries to crop the best menu. So telling people that added sugar should account for no more than 10 percent of a daily calorie intake is a poor choice of words.
But cryptic guidelines are good for businesses including Weight Watchers’ because the companies can translate the guidelines to people, helping them to take the best diet-related decisions in the least time.
Other nutrition experts are displeased with the guidelines for not taking a stricter stance on dietary sugar. Bob Harper, a fitness coach for stars, believes that federal regulators should straightforwardly tell people to cut down on sugar.
Harper noted that scores of prepackaged foods have hidden sugar content, so labels should be read warily. He believes that everyone who manages to trim added sugar intake by more than 10 percent would experience weight loss.
Harper is not a big fan of sugar substitutes including stevia either. He thinks that they should be also limited from diets since he has a firsthand experience on how much better it is without them. He advises his clients to prevent sugar cravings with whole fruits.
Atkins Nutritionals experts believe that the new guidelines are excellent but only for half of the U.S. population. The other half are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. Diabetics have a problem with eating too many carbohydrates, and the federal guidelines advise everyone to consume at least 200 to 300 grams on a daily basis.
Nevertheless, Atkins diet experts were pleased with the new cholesterol limitations, saying that they are more realistic, so people could put eggs back on their menus with a clear conscience.
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