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New federal dietary guidelines get more specific

 

Narrator:                  This is Science Today. New federal dietary guidelines have been released and aside from recommendations to eat less, there's more specific advice about what not to eat. This includes reducing soda and salt intake — advice that epidemiologist Kirsten Bibbons-Domingo of the University of California, San Francisco, is all too familiar with.

Bibbons-Domingo:    There has been a lot of interest in thinking through both regulatory approaches and voluntary efforts with the food industry to get them to add slightly less salt in the food products that we're all consuming. Consuming slightly less salt would result in a positive health benefit by lowering blood pressure.

Narrator:                    In a national study, Bibbons-Domingo found that even a small dietary reduction in salt resulted in fewer heart attacks, strokes and even death. As for soft drinks, she found that sugary drinks are a big contributor to new diabetes cases.

Bibbons-Domingo:     People who consume the most amount soft drinks have the highest risk of developing diabetes.

Narrator:                    For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.