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New Dietary Guidelines Released

Dietary Guidelines This year, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 was released. Every five years, these guidelines are updated based on current scientific and medical knowledge. The Guidelines are published by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. According to the Guidelines, the five overarching recommendations are –

  • Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan
  • Focus on variety, nutrient density and amount
  • Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake
  • Shift to healthier food and beverage choices
  • Support healthy eating patterns for all

Key recommendations for a healthy eating pattern include incorporating the following foods in the diet –

  • A variety of vegetables, including dark green, red, orange, starchy and other
  • Legumes (beans and peas)
  • Fruits, especially in whole form
  • Grains, at least half should be whole
  • Low-fat or fat-free dairy, including yogurt, cheese and milk
  • A variety of proteins, including eggs, nuts, seafood and lean meat and poultry
  • Vegetable oil instead of solid fats such as butter, margarine and shortening

The following foods should be limited –

  • Sodium, added sugars and saturated and trans fats
  • Alcohol should be limited to –
    • Up to one drink a day for women
    • Up to two drinks a day for men

Reference: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020.