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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 4, 2015' TB Nutrition panel says you can't sugarcoat healthy eating In formulating my health game plan a couple of weeks ago, I noted that sugar makes up 25 percent of the total calories we consume and called for a major sugar cutback to protect, restore and regain good health. I also stressed the need to be aware of how we're constantly blindsided by unsuspected intakes of excessive salt and sugar, which are so common in processed foods. In setting personal standards, I mentioned the World Health Organization's recommendation that added sugar should be limited to only 5 percent of a person's daffy calories. I also recommended following the advice of experts who say that daffy intake of salt should not exceed 1,500 milligrams for adults and that toddlers should not consume more than 210 milligrams of sodium per serving. And a major report issued last week by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the pre-eminent body in shaping the country's dietary guidelines, has underscored the importance of such a game plan. The committee, which convenes every five years, provides the scientific basis for formulating our federal government's official guidelines. New guidelines will be issued later this,year based on the panel's report. Recommendations by the committee include long-overdue limits on the amount of added sugar that Americans should consume,. as well as recommendations for lowering salt intake. In addition to finally going on the offensive against the overconsumption of sugar and salt, the panel stressed that Americans consume too much saturated fat and not enough foods that fit a "healthy dietary pattern," such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and fish. In singling out added sugar as one of its major concerns, the panel for the first time recommended specific levels we should C-FOR.CE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS limits intake to no more than 10 percent of daffy calories, or approximately 12 teaspoons a day for adults, about the amount of sugar found in one can of soda pop. According to the report, Americans now consume 22 to 30 teaspoons of added sugar daily, half of which comes from soda, juices and other sugary drinks• This bright line regarding sugar represents a major step in the right direction. Previous dietary guidelines merely included warnings about eating too much. Five years ago, the dietary guidelines recommended that people eat less than 2,300 milligrams of salt a day. But new scientific findings on the harmful effects of too much salt could not be ignored. The new report calls for a reduction to 1,500 milligrams for people who may be at risk of heart disease. The report, which runs 571 pages, outlines in scientific detail just how today's American diet is having a devastating effect on public health. As I noted a few weeks ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1980 the nation's obesity rate among adults has doubled. Among children, it has tripled. Come to find, this may not even be the worst of the news. According to the committee, nearly a half of American adults -- roughly 117 million people -- currently have preventable chronic diseases related to a poor diet and physical inactivity. It's why the recommendations contained in this single report try to ran'rata h2: It ........ ar~ so important• New fundraising drawing targets local gardeners What a wonderful winter Friends of Plumas County Animals has been having! The mild weather has prompted us to complete our " outdoor cat window seat so the animals in our big playroom now have an outdoor area in which to sit, sunbathe and watch the world go by. Hopefully we will be able to expand the outdoor area for the cats and kzttens to include full yard runs -- but that is afuture project dependent on funding. For now the fresh air and sunshine is a great benefit to our resident felines• Our new drawing tickets will be on sale very soon. The Gardener's Delight drawing includes a $100 gift certificate to Gray's Flower Garden and a basket of quality tools, seeds and gloves for your gardening projects. The drawing will be May 10 Mother's Day-- and right in time for your spring planting, Past drawings have enabled us to pay our heating bills through winter while feeding and caring for our animals, along with the physical improvements to the site for their well-being. This new drawing will help us get ready for kitten season and pay for vaccinations, spay and neuter vet bills and increased food bills. Many thanks for your past support and we look forward to continued public goodwill in 2015. We are planning a yard sale March 28 and welcome donations for the sale. No clothing or books, please. Donations of good usable items can be dropped off when we are open or call the site and someone might be able to pick up larger items: 927-9485. We are also looking for two picnic tables in good condition for the dog yards• The dogs love to lounge on them and sit under them for shade in the summer months. If you have a table you are not ANIMAL TALES FRIENDS OF PLUMAS COUNTY ANIMALS using anymore please call the site and we will come and pick it up. Thank you. A few of our adult cats have gotten new loving homes this winter. It is always such a welcome event to have someone come into our rescue looking for an older cat, not just kittens. Because they are usually with us longer than kittens, the volunteers get to know the adults and their personalities very well and we have become very emotionally attached to our group of adult felines. Shelby, Babe, Gaia and Lilly are all between 3 and 10 years old and are loving and affectionate. All the adults get time in the playrooms and Gala and Babe have the run of the facility during the night. It's fun to pass by the site and see them sitting in the glow of the decorative lights watching the world from their cat seat in the front window• Both these girls are around 3 years old, are chubby and sh0rt-legged and both just flop over when you come in for belly rubs. Very sweet animals. Please come by and visit. We are open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., closed Monday. Friends of Plumas County Animals is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and all donations are tax-deductible. No one in Friends gets a salary and no money is spent on administrative fees. Friends is not a county entity. Donations can be sent to Friends, P.O. Box 182, Quincy, CA 95971 or brought to the site at 2163 E. Main St. Thank you for your continued support. Though the advisory panel will serve as guidelines forconsumer habits, a shift is Though we should be does not issue the official the basic information on theoccurring away from weighthopeful of soon seeing needed guidelines, its report is sent nutrition facts panel on food management foods to changes driving our overall to the Department of Health packages. That by itself could products that more clearlynational eating pattern in the and Human Services and the . be a game changer, list health benefits. The right direction, we are not Department of Agriculture, If the panel's findings show that today'sout of the woods quite yet. the agencies that publish our recommendations hold, we consumers care more about The panel's dietary guidelines, can expect to see ingredients that are simple to recommendations are now in Historically, they have manufacturers begrudgingly understand than they do a 45-day public comment closely adhered to the panel's beginning to trim the about counting calories• period, and powerful interest recommendations, amounts of added sugar and According to the findings of a groups are lining up to chip Though the general public salt in processed foods, new Nielsen study, there is away at suggested changes. tends to pay little attention to including snacks and cereals, also a spending swing toward Let us hope that the greater these guidelines, they will long a major problem area. more ethnic flavors and foods good shape the menus of school This action will also fortify that are higher in protein and prevails. lunch programs, which feed changes in food consumption gluten-free. 30 million children each that are already happening in "As the definition of health Write to Chuck Norris (info@ school day, and be this country as the healthy evolves, we evolve our creators.corn) with questions incorporated into all eating message more broadly meals," said a spokeswomanabout health federal food assistance takes hold. for ConAgra Foods Inc., programs. 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