Red meat and processed foods contribute to cholesterol, plaque, and atherosclerosis, which can result in heart attack and stroke. Less sugar and salt, more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains; those are the recommendations in the new dietary guidelines put out every five years by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Sahil Parikh, interventional cardiologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, said, "The guidelines are a little bit less clear when it comes to saying red meat and processed foods should be restricted. They say you should reduce saturated fat without saying expressly you should reduce red meat and processed food, which frequently contain high levels of saturated fat."
‘New dietary guidelines by the United States Department of Agriculture recommends consumption of less sugar and salt. The guidelines advise to eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains.’
Dr. Parikh agrees with reducing hypertension-causing sodium and said, "The new measure of also reducing sugar to 10% of daily caloric intake (50 grams or one can of soda in a 2000 calorie-a-day diet) is another good measure. Clearly there is a diabetes epidemic in this country and dietary sugar and caloric intake specifically contribute to obesity and subsequently Type 2 diabetes."
The guidelines also say it's okay to consume alcohol moderately (one drink for women daily and two drinks for men), with wine showing some benefit to the heart. Additionally, moderate coffee drinking (three to five cups a day) is alright as well, because it's shown to reduce Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and possibly Parkinson's disease.