Based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it’s time to STOP consuming unhealthy fats and added sugars.
We know that fats and oils are part of a healthy diet and play many important roles in the body. It is one of our highest sources of energy, but it can impact the health of our heart and arteries depending on the types of fats that are eaten. Eating too much fat further contributes to excess body weight. Being overweight may increase your risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain forms of cancer.
Not only is added sugar bad for your teeth, but too much can lead to other health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and nutritional deficiency. Foods high in sugar are generally calorie dense and nutrient poor. Therefore, too much added sugar can lead to weight gain which can further lead to an increased risk for diabetes. Overall, consuming too much sugar fills the body causing it to miss out on other foods that provide important nutrients such as fruits and vegetables.
Studies indicate that Americans are eating more food high in solid fats and added sugars (SoFAS) than Americans did in 1970. Most of us consume more than twice the daily recommended amount, increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart diseases, stroke, obesity, and even depression. SoFAS are high in calories and low in nutrients.
· Eat plenty of foods that come from plants such as grains, fruits and vegetables
· Use vegetable oils instead of solid fats
· Select foods that are fat-free or low-fat
· Limit the intake of beverages and foods that are high in added sugars
· Drink water instead of sugary drinks
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture