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U.S. diet proposal downplays sugar

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NEW YORK, Aug 12, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- New proposed U.S. dietary guidelines play down sugar and emphasize whole grains, it was reported Thursday,

A 13-member federal advisory panel, which held its final meeting Wednesday, removed sugar consumption as a separate entity from its guidelines to help people improve their eating habits for the first time, dating back to 1980.

Sugar now is folded into the overall category of carbohydrates, the New York Times said.

Also for the first time, the guidelines recommend replacing consumption of some refined grains with whole grains, at least three servings a day.

The proposal places more emphasis on low-fat milk products and advises the public to eat two servings of fish a week. The recommendation on salt, linked to high blood pressure, has been reduced slightly to 2,300 milligrams (one level teaspoon), from 2,400.

The advisory committee's report is expected to be submitted to the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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