Monday, August 2, 2010

2010 Dietary Guidelines


   In June, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory committee released their recommendations. These recommendations reflect a review of the science of nutrition and health covering the last five years. Changes in this version of the guidelines include the following points.

* Reduce Sodium intake to 1500 mg/day

* Reduce the intake of sugar sweetened beverages and other foods with added sugars

* Consume more plant foods with a focus on whole grains, cooked beans and peas, nuts and seeds, and fruits and vegetables.

* Choose moderate amounts of lean meat, poultry and eggs

* Increase intake of seafood and fat free or low-fat dairy products

* Meet the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

In addition, the recommendations include a shift from focusing in nutrients and focusing more on foods. Focusing more on the foods to include makes healthy eating easier.

The recommendations, and all the comments from the public, are now being reviewed by the US departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. The final guidelines are expected by the end of the year.

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