Are carbs really out? Should you be consuming only fat? Does sugar have to be your sworn enemy? This month brought a lot of questions as our previous beliefs about healthy diets were challenged. We learned a lot about the shifting nutrition trends of athletes, and these don't appear to be passing fads, but long-term changes recommended for all of us. There is a lot of research still being done on the effect of fats, sugars and carbohydrates during exercise and in all honesty there's a lot we still don't know. BUT, here are the 3 articles we think can shed some light on our changing diets. 1. New Dietary Guidelines The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is suggesting a pretty big change in our recommended diet, and people are paying attention. There was a huge reaction to the decision to change the guidelines, but overall we think they're right on the mark. Here are the basics:
- Cholesterol is okay to eat again. It is "not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption." So bring on the eggs!
- Sugar is out. It is universally understood now that so many of our health problems stem from added sugar in our diets, and it needs to be limited. For athletes, sugar can still serve a purpose when used correctly. Learn more on our blog.
- Vegetarians over Carnivores. While meat doesn't need to be eliminated entirely, a plant-based diet is touted as being "more health promoting and is associated with less environmental impact."
- Coffee lovers rejoice! Your morning cup (or 5) of joe is a-okay! It's less damaging than previously believed, and has been tentatively linked with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Need some beans? Try some of our favorites.
- The focus should be on your diet overall. It's less about quantity, more about quality. Think Mediterranean-style diet, high in whole foods like vegetables, fish, nuts and oils.