US Dietary Advisory Committee sees sugar as greatest health hazard

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The US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which meets every five years, has backed away from dietary cholesterol restrictions and urged people to cut back on added sugars.

The panel said Americans were eating too much salt, sugar and saturated fat, and not enough fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and could consume moderate levels of alcohol. 

The Committee recommended Americans should eat a diet higher in plants, fruits and grains because it is healthier and has a lower environmental impact than the current  US diet, which is high in meat. The Committee also backed moderate coffee drinking.

Although the average American pays little attention to the guidelines, the guidelines nonetheless have an impact on the American diet and shape the menus of the school lunch program, which feeds more than 30 million children each school day.

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