Pre Diabetes – How The New Guidelines Target Sugar, Sodium and Saturated Fats

Pre Diabetes – How The New Guidelines Target Sugar, Sodium and Saturated Fats – Are you concerned about pre diabetes? Maybe you just want to know about the latest best eating habits according to the experts. In any case, the new 2010 Federal Dietary Guidelines may be able to help.
The Federal Dietary Guidelines are updated every 5 years. The latest guidelines start out by emphasizing the importance of consuming fewer calories. This is the old calories in – calories out mantra that has been around for a long time. The new guidelines seem to be coming back to this principle. In the past few years, there have been several strategies that put more emphasis on the source of the calories rather than the total number of calories. Consuming fewer calories is the first take-away from the new guidelines.
Another broad but nevertheless very helpful set of guidelines that can be easily remembered is to consider the negative aspects of the three “Ss.”
#1. Sugar – We are being bathed in sugar. Consider our food labels. When you do look at food labels, you will discover sugar in relatively large amounts in seemingly strange places. My favorite example has been in the case of sauerkraut. I found a jar of sauerkraut with 6 grams of sugar per serving. It seems that the sauerkraut was not sweet enough without sugar. However, there are other sauerkraut products with no sugar.
#2. Sodium – Sodium has been implicated as a factor in a variety or health issues. Limiting sodium or taking diuretics that cause the individual to excrete salt in the urine are frequently used to treat high blood pressure and kidney problems. The guidelines suggest that the maximum daily intake of sodium should be 2300 milligrams or less. Over the age of 51, this salt intake should be 1500 milligrams or less. So remember that not all salts are sodium salts. Read you labels looking for the sodium listing.
#3. Saturated Fats – Not all fats are the same. The new guidelines suggest that you limited your saturated fat intake to 10% of your calories. You are allowed to eat unsaturated fats but you should keep in mind that by unit volume, fats are more calorie dense than protein and carbohydrates.
These are the basic takeaways. Of all the suggestions for good dietary habits, you must choose a starting point. May I suggest that you start by reading the nutrition labels. You will immediately notice that many foods contain hidden calories, unnecessary amounts of sugar, a salt content that will blow your sodium allowance and too much saturated fats. Fortunately, we have food options. You can generally find a food item with less sugar, sodium and saturated fats. All you have to do is substitute your researched and healthier item for the less healthy item.