Dietary Guidelines Released by Obama Administration- Healthy Eating Patterns Highlighted and EncouragedThu, 07 Jan 2016 06:46:42 CST
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines have been released by the two cabinet level agencies responsible for updating them every five years- the Health and Human Services agency and the US Department of Agriculture. After a tremendous outcry from agriculture that came about after the Advisory Committee on the Guidelines attempted to interject sustainability issues into the recommendations that carry a tremendous amount of clout in formulating what federal feeding and nutrition programs will look like. The Advisory Committee had suggested a major deemphasis on red meat in the diet- but it appears that lean meats remain in these latest recommendations.
From the Executive Summary of the Guidelines- here are the highlights of what the Goverment is wanting to tell the American public about eating:
The Dietary Guidelines’ Key Recommendations for healthy eating patterns should be applied in their entirety, given the interconnected relationship that each dietary component can have with others.
Consume a healthy eating pattern that accounts for all foods and beverages within an appropriate calorie level.
A healthy eating pattern includes:
A variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups—dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy, and other
Fruits, especially whole fruits
Grains, at least half of which are whole grains
Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages
A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products
A healthy eating pattern limits:
Saturated fats and trans fats, added sugars, and sodium
Key Recommendations that are quantitative are provided for several components of the diet that should be limited. These components are of particular public health concern in the United States, and the specified limits can help individuals achieve healthy eating patterns within calorie limits:
Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars
Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fats
Consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day of sodium
If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation—up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men—and only by adults of legal drinking age.
Click here for the Executive Summary.
Click here for the complete report entitled Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020
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