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New healthy eating guide cuts down on red meat

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A new healthy eating guide lessens the role of cake, biscuits and sweets in people’s diets and provides a new warning to eat less red and processed meat.

The new Eatwell Guide unveiled by Public Health England (PHE) is designed to replace the healthy eating “plate” with new, updated guidance on eating more fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates and cutting down on high-fat foods and sugar.

The previous plate had an 8% segment dedicated to Battenberg cake, chocolate, sweets, Victoria sponge, crisps, biscuits and cola.

But this has now gone and the new image puts high-fat and high-sugar foods outside the healthy eating “wheel”, with a warning to “eat less often and in small amounts”.

The dairy section – which was previously stuffed with a selection of cheeses including Stilton – has also been slimmed down to almost half its previous size and replaced with pictures of mainly lower fat options.

The beans, pulses, fish, meat and eggs section remains the same size but now advises people to eat more of these foods and “eat less red and processed meat”.

People are also given new advice to drink six to eight glasses a day of water or lower fat milk, or sugar-free drinks including tea and coffee.

Fruit juices and smoothies should also be limited to one 150ml glass a day and these should only count once towards people’s five-a-day. Some manufacturers have said their smoothies and juices contain two portions of fruit or veg.

Meanwhile, the new guide tells consumers to eat “at least” five portions of fruit and veg per day, and make fruit and veg a bigger part of their diets than previously.

The advice for potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates is to “choose wholegrain or higher fibre versions with less added fat, salt and sugar”. This section has been beefed up to give a slightly bigger role for these foods.

A new oils and spreads section also tells people to “choose unsaturated oils and use in small amounts”.

PHE recommended that people eat 30g of fibre per day – equivalent to five portions of fruit and vegetables, two whole-wheat cereal biscuits, two thick slices of wholemeal bread and one large baked potato with the skin on.

Current figures suggest that people only consume around 19g of fibre per day – less than two thirds the recommended amount.

PHE also said adults should consume less sugar, salt and saturated fat, with less than 6g of salt per day and less than 20g of saturated fat for women or 30g for men.

It said adults currently consume twice as much sugar as recommended while children have more than three times too much.

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said: “The evidence shows that we should continue to base our meals on starchy carbohydrates, especially wholegrain, and eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day.

“On the whole, cutting back on foods and drinks that are high in saturated fat, salt, sugar and calories would improve our diets, helping to reduce obesity and the risk of serious illnesses such as heart disease and some cancers.

“A smoothie, together with fruit juice, now only counts as one of your five-a-day and should be drunk with a meal as it’s high in sugar.”

The new guide is for adults and children aged five and over.

Douglas Twenefour, deputy head of care at Diabetes UK, said: “We are pleased to see the removal of foods that are high in added sugar, salt and saturated fat such as cakes, crisps and chocolate, from the eatwell plate.

“Diabetes UK is not saying that people should completely cut out occasional treats from their diet. However, by removing these foods from the plate, Public Health England is now sending an even clearer message to people as to how they can reduce their risk of obesity and improve their health.”

The Meat Advisory Panel, which is funded by the meat industry, said the guidance on red and processed meat was “very disappointing and out of step with recent Government reports showing that average intakes of red meat have fallen in recent years and are now similar to the UK official target”.

Dr Emma Derbyshire, from the panel, said: “Blanket messages to reduce red meat consumption could be very detrimental to the diets of consumers who already eat low to moderate amounts of red meat; for example, women and young people.”

The Children’s Food Trust’s head of nutrition, Dr Patricia Mucavele, said the guide helped youngsters learn about a healthy diet and she was pleased to “see that water is being promoted”.

She added: “We still think there’s a clear place for better information on what makes a healthy portion size for children at different ages to help parents at the supermarket, in restaurants, and when they’re cooking for children at home.”

Terry Jones, director-general of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF), told Farmers Weekly the guide was a “kick in the teeth” for hard-pressed dairy farmers, struggling to cope with milk prices below the cost of production.

He said: “I find it staggering that, at a time when ministers are expressing their support for the sector, an executive agency of government should not only put out a message that will encourage consumers to reduce their consumption of dairy products, but also seemingly ignore the positive role they can play in public health.”

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The Ultimate American Road Trip: Route 66

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If you’re looking for the omega American road trip then you’ve got to hit the Mother Road, otherwise known as Route 66. From Chicago to LA, it’s a journey that’ll provide the experience of a lifetime, showing you the heart of a great nation.

Start in Chicago & Chase the Sun

In reality, the best always head west. Would you rather end the trip in the Windy City, or just in time to catch a gorgeous L.A. sunset on the beach? There’s just something deeply spiritual for folks when we head west. It becomes an adventure. It becomes a vehicular voyage to the sea. Here are some of the highlights you can expect in order:

Illinois: It’s a pretty straight shot through the state from Chicago through Springfield (which has some stretches of restored Route 66) and southwest to St. Louis. There’s a bit of the bright lights of big cities, but also a good calm stretch of rural to cruise through as well; vast fields of corn and farmland for close to 300 miles.

Missouri: Once you hit East St. Louis you’ll again be greeted by sky scrapers, industrial areas and the mark of modernity but then it’s another SE straight shot through the entire belly of the state.

Kansas: You’re only going to spend a little time in the good’ol Kansas heartland. And by little we mean a whopping 14 miles far down in the bottom south east corner. You’ll go through two towns: Galena and Baxter Springs but rest assured there’s great classic restaurants and places that’ve been open as long as Route 66 has been around. In fact, it’s because of road tripper like you just passin’on through that keep’em goin.

Oklahoma: You’re going to go through two huge metropolises that have “country” written all over’em: Tulsa first and then into Oklahoma City before heading directly west towards the Pan Handle. Of all 8 states, it’s here that they take Route 66 the most seriously. It’s got the most preserved still-drivable miles and you’ll be able to see the remnants of Kiowa, Apache and Comanche Native American land. And, you’ll get to take the same route as families long ago in the Dust Bowl took to escape.

Texas: You’re going to go through the upper tip of the Texas Pan Handle that takes you through Amarillo. It looks short on a map but the 200-mile stretch of plains is a sight to behold like none other. If you can time it so you cut through here in the afternoon on a sunny day your spirit will be recharged. Just try not to pay any attention to all the truckers!

New Mexico: Welcome to the Land of Enchantment where you’ll pass through Sun Belt city and Albuquerque. These days, it can be a bit challenging to stay strictly on the old road but with all the sandstone mesas and pine forests it’s definitely worth it.

Arizona: In Arizona you’ll stay in the northern plains rather than heading down into the really hot areas around Phoenix. Instead, you’ll pass directly through Flagstaff which is a mountain town and where Northern Arizona University is located. The sights here are like a completely different world from everything you’ve seen so far, especially once you begin to head south right before passing into California. Oh, and because of the high speeds on the I-40, this will feel like one of those awesome car track days.

California: Once you reach this point get ready to cruise through rolling hills, vineyards, orchards, stunning landscapes and then at Barstow you should begin smelling the sea. From San Bernardino and Pasadena to Santa Monica it’s simply breathtaking.

This is only a taste of the experience really. You’ve just got to get out and do it. There’s plenty of great resources online to keep you on track and if you have the time you don’t have to miss a thing. Enjoy!

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Heartbreaking; Another School Shooting Santa Clarita, CA

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Santa Clarita, California, high school shooting leaves 2 students dead, multiple injured

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KABC) — A 16-year-old boy shot five fellow students, two fatally, Thursday morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita before turning the .45-caliber handgun on himself, authorities said.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson said multiple 911 calls prompted firefighter-paramedics to respond about 7:40 a.m. to the school at 21900 Centurion Way.

Six students, including the gunman, were found in the quad suffering from gunshot wounds, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference. All six were transported to hospitals, where two of them, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, were later pronounced dead.

The surviving victims were described as two girls, ages 14 and 15, and a 14-year-old boy.

In a tweet, Henry Mayo Hospital said it had received four patients.

Their names were not immediately disclosed. The sheriff said the deceased girl’s parents were at the hospital. He was notified of the second fatality during a press conference at the school.

Gunman turns .45 caliber on himself

According to sheriff’s Capt. Kent Wegener, surveillance video “clearly” shows the suspect pulling a semi-automatic handgun out of his backpack in the quad and shooting five classmates before shooting himself in the head.

Thursday was the gunman’s 16th birthday, the captain said.

He was listed in grave condition at a hospital, according to Villanueva.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, authorities released a description of the suspect as a manhunt got underway. Heavily armed deputies and an armored SWAT vehicle were seen at a home near the school, but it was unclear if the house was connected to the investigation.

The high school remained on lockdown for hours after the incident. Shortly before 11 a.m., lockdowns were lifted at all campuses in the district, as well as Rosedell and Highland elementary schools.

Central Park, at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, was being used as a reunification point for parents and students, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Undersheriff Tim Murakami tweeted an apology to parents, saying investigators need to interview “every student at Saugus HS” before they can be released.

In a statement, the White House said President Donald Trump was monitoring ongoing reports about the shooting.

“The White House encourages all those in the area to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders,” the statement said.

Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted an expression of gratitude to the emergency responders.

“We simply should not have to fear for our kids’ lives when we drop them off at school,” the governor said. Addressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Newsom asked: “How many more lives will be lost? How many more shootings will we have to endure? We need commonsense gun reform. NOW.”

Amid the chaos at the scene, the number of reported victims fluctuated throughout the morning. The sheriff later confirmed that six people were shot, including the gunman.


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