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For a healthy heart.

For a healthy heart

The American Heart Association this week released its latest guidelines for heart-healthy eating. New recommendations include limiting alcohol intake to 15 percent of total calories, not to exceed 50 milliliters (1.7 ounces) of ethanol per day; and restricting protein to 15 percent of total calories, primarily to hold down meat consumption. The association also beefed up some of its 1978 recommendations, advising that calories from total fat should represent less than 30 percent of all calories, with saturated fat accounting for no more than 10 percent of total calories. Cholesterol intake should be no more than 100 milligrams per 1,000 calories, not to exceed 300 mg per day. And rather than just suggesting avoidance of excessive sodium intake, the association now recommends limiting sodium to 1 gram per 1,000 calories, not to exceed 3 grams per day. Guidelines are based on a total calorie intake adequate to maintain ideal weight according to Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.'s 1959 tables.
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Date:Aug 30, 1986
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