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Living longer, better includes good eating habits

Tony Smiles carries coffee down 42nd Street in Louisvillle this week to his mother during the storm that hit. New dietary guidelines that are to be released later this year say it’s OK to have the additional dose of joe.
Tony Smiles carries coffee down 42nd Street in Louisvillle this week to his mother during the storm that hit. New dietary guidelines that are to be released later this year say it’s OK to have the additional dose of joe. The Associated Press

New dietary guidelines should offer some encouraging tidbits for people with fast-paced lifestyles.

It’s OK, according to the Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments to slurp down three to five cups of coffee a day — hold the sugar. The coffee intake is supposed to reduce people’s chance of getting type 2 diabetes and lower the risk of heart disease.

Also, don’t worry about having eggs for breakfast anymore. According to the dietary guidelines due out this year, eggs no longer are guilty of increasing the cholesterol in the blood, boosting people’s risk of heart disease.

Also, instead of that bag of chips with lunch, try a salad, an apple, an orange, some tomatoes, carrots, celery, nuts, whole grains, beets, beans, green beans, peas or even broccoli. The dietary guidelines insist that will boost people’s health.

Also, hold the salt. Americans have to reduce their sodium intake by 1,000 milligrams a day. Salt, like sugar, is added to everything, contributing to Americans consuming 3,400 milligrams of salt a day.

Once again, hold the sugar. That should be reduced to no more than 200 calories a day. It’s all to enable people to live longer and have a better quality of life in the process.

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