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7 good suggestions from the proposed dietary guidelines

The plant-based diet caps sugar and saturated fats at 10% of calories each.

The new recommendations for healthy eating emphasize diet over individual nutrients and overturn some long-held beliefs.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee wants to change the way we think about healthy eating. In a report issued in February 2015, this federal panel of nutrition experts outlined its proposal for updating the nation's dietary guidelines. The panel encourages us to consider everything we consume in the context of our overall diet, rather than focusing on individual nutrients. To that end, the panel recommends a diet based on plants rather than animal products, citing the Mediterranean diet as a good example.

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