Every five years, the U.S. government releases the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which reflect current nutritional science and provide recommendations to help Americans make healthy food and beverage choices. The guide is geared toward public health professionals and policymakers and serves as the foundation for nutritional policies and programs across the country.
The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines make five major recommendations to help Americans understand how their food choices affect their overall diet and how important it is to develop healthy eating patterns.
- Establish healthy eating patterns early, and continue them throughout your life. The benefits of eating well are cumulative, so it’s important to choose a healthy eating pattern with an appropriate calorie limit to maintain a healthy body weight, get the nutrients you need and reduce risk of chronic disease. A healthy eating pattern includes fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, grains and oils and limits saturated fats, added sugars and sodium.
- Eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods in recommended amounts to stay within your calorie limit while getting the nutrients you need.
- Avoid added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake. Examples include soda, pizza, hamburgers and desserts.
- Replace less healthy food and drink options with nutrient-dense alternatives. Try getting creative with ingredients, removing added salt and sugar from recipes and training your tongue to appreciate healthier dishes.
- Set a good example for those around you! Your healthy choices can inspire others in your family and community to adopt them as well.
The guidelines also underline the dietary importance of seafood and recommend that Americans eat at least eight ounces of seafood a week, with the goal of consuming at least 250 mg per day of omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making it easier to develop healthy eating patterns by updating the nutrition facts labels on packaged foods.
Reach out to a registered dietitian at Goshen Health to learn more about personal nutrition and how to develop healthy eating patterns.
Posted: 5/25/2016 by
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