New dietary guidelines for AmericansAmy Walsh (Author) Published Date : Jan 09, 2016 14:24 ET
Dietary Guidelines for Americans released jointly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has attracted maximum attention this week. The aim of the objective of 'Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020' is to help Americans choose healthy foods and prevent diet-related diseases.
The new Dietary Guidelines are based on a diet of 2000 calories a day.
The entire document can be found on the Health.gov Web site. The following recommendations are made by the dietary guidelines:
Sugar should consist only 10% of total calories.
It is vital to watch dietary cholesterol input, however dietary cholesterol isn t as bad as once thought, but as foods are high in cholesterol and also high in saturated fat, it is better to watch dietary cholesterol input.
Protein can be consumed by eating seafood, lean meat, and poultry. Bacon and hot dogs can be eaten as long as the total amount of calories consumed fall under the government guidelines.
It is significant to eat vegetables, fruits, and grains, especially whole fruits and whole grains.
It is fine to consume alcohol in moderation.
Saturated and trans fat should be consumed in very little quantity.
Sodium (salt) intake should be 2300 milligrams per day.
Emphasize foods consistent with the Mediterranean Diet or Vegetarianism.
The Dietary Guidelines also state that every American is allowed to consume healthy foods.
It should be noted that Americans are fighting obesity as it is an emerging health problem and the government has been taking several measures to control the epidemic. Over the past century, deficiencies of essential nutrients have dramatically decreased, many infectious diseases have been conquered, and the majority of the U.S. population can now anticipate a long and productive life. At the same time, rates of chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality diet and physical inactivity, have increased. About half of all American adults have one or more preventable, diet-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and overweight and obesity.
New dietary guidelines for Americans