The American Heart Association's (AHA) new guidelines published in late August were a refreshing point of clarity contrasting with the vagueness typical of nutrition advice designed not to offend any major food lobby.
The new statement, published in Circulation, replaces AHA's hazier 2006 one to "minimize the intake of beverages and foods with added sugars," and provides detailed guidance by recommending an upper limit on added-sugars intake.
Let's start with the AHA guidelines and look at the numbers:• The upper limit for added sugars should be no more than half our discretionary calories. (Discretionary calories are at the very tip of the food pyramid, an area that's small but fun; this is what we can allow ourselves to eat once we've eaten a nutritious diet; luxuries such as solid (saturated) fats, added sugars, and alcohol fall into this category, all of which should be consumed sparingly.)
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