Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

U.S. Dietary Guidelines Need Tweaking for Heart Risk

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

U.S. Dietary Guidelines Need Tweaking for Heart Risk

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Dear Doctor K: Will dietary guidelines help keep my heart healthy?

Dear Reader: If you're concerned about having a heart attack or stroke, the advice in the latest update doesn't entirely agree with what many nutrition experts -- as well as the American Heart Association (AHA) -- recommend.

Here's our advice on four dietary components:

- Red meat. The guidelines say: A healthy eating pattern includes a variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds and soy products.

We say: Grouping lean red meat with other types of protein is wrong.

- Sugar. The guidelines say: Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars. …

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