U.S. Releases New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

March 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

The federal government released its latest recommendations and guidelines for healthful eating.

Here are the five guidelines that encourage healthy eating patterns:

  1. Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan. Choose a healthy eating pattern at your appropriate calorie level to help achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, support nutrient adequacy, and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
  2. Focus on variety, nutrient density and amount. To meet nutrient needs within calorie limits, choose a variety of nutrient-dense foods across and within all food groups in recommended amounts.
  3. Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake. Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from both added sugars and saturated fats; and less than 2,300 milligrams per day of sodium. If you consume alcohol, do so in moderation – up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.
  4. Shift to healthier food and beverage choices. Choose nutrient-dense foods and beverages across and within all food groups in place of less healthy choices. Consider cultural and personal preferences to make these shifts easier to accomplish and maintain.
  5. Support healthy eating patterns for all. Everyone has a role in helping to create and support healthy eating patterns in multiple settings nationwide, from home to school to work to communities.

Source: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Nutrition, To Your Health.

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