Reposted from a story by: Sue Dunlevy From: News Limited Network February 18, 2013 11:30AM
New dietary guidelines warn Australians to lay off the junk food, white bread and high fat milk as the obesity risk continues to rise. Source: news.com.au
AUSTRALIANS have been told to cut their consumption of white bread, high fat milk, hot chips, take away food and cakes and biscuits amid warnings 85 per cent of males and 75 per cent of women will be obese by 2025.
The nation’s peak medical body the National Medical Research Council says we need to eat more vegetables, fruit, wholegrains, fish and low fat dairy products.
The first review of the official dietary guidelines in a decade also warns breast feeding mothers against consuming alcohol because it can affect the baby’s psychomotor development and disrupt their sleeping patterns.
Babies should be breast fed until six months of age and solid foods must be introduced at this age to reduce the risk of the child developing allergies, the guidelines say.
More than 55,000 pieces of new scientific research were reviewed to improve the guidelines and they were altered after a public consultation.
As a result of that consultation the guidelines have been changed to explain the importance of replacing saturated fats such as butter and animal fat with poly and mono unsaturated fats such as olive oil and margarine which can reduce levels of bad cholesterol.
According to the guidelines men in Australia are eating too much red meat and need to cut back, while teenage girls need to increase their consumption of red meat.
Advice to exercise for half an hour a day has been upgraded to between 45-60 minutes a day because of the higher number of calories we’re consuming.
At least 60-90 minutes of activity a day are required to prevent weight gain in previously obese people, the document says.
The guidelines also caution of the consumption of drinks that combine caffeine and alcohol such as red bull and vodka.
“There is concern that consuming stimulants such as caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant, and alcohol, a depressant, at the same time will reduce subjective perceptions of alcohol-induced impairment in comparison to alcohol alone,” the guidelines say.
The guidelines say while evidence for a relationship between sugar-sweetened drinks and excessive weight gain has strengthened much of the research comes from the United States where they use fructose as a sweetener, in Australia we use sucrose.
There is insufficient evidence to recommend an exact intake of added sugars suitable for the whole population but good health can be achieved without the addition of sugar in the diet, it says