New Dietary Guidelines

More Americans are seeking advice on nutrition and wellness as they desire to improve their health.  Often people are looking for diet guidelines to help them manage their weight or chronic diseases.  In December 2020, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans updates were released for 2020-2025.  These recommendations reflect on the current intakes of Americans which reveal low intakes of vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and protein foods.  Intakes of grains and protein foods often are met but are not meeting whole grain, seafood, and nuts/seeds/soy food requirements. 
These guidelines are the first to offer recommendations for different life stages, including infants and toddlers, to promote a healthy dietary pattern throughout life.   As individuals we should allow our food and beverage choices to reflect our personal preferences, cultural traditions, and budgetary considerations.  Americans are encouraged to focus on meeting food group needs with nutrient-dense foods and beverages while staying within calorie limits.  About 85% calories should come from the recommended servings within the food groups to receive the nutrients our bodies require for health.  Americans need to limit foods and beverages higher in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium, and as well as alcoholic beverages. 
These guidelines will encourage us to “Make Every Bite Count” as a dietary pattern is more important than individual nutrients or foods.  MyPlate is a resource to use as a tool to put these guidelines into practice.  Often simple shifts are needed to increase nutrient intakes while decreasing calories.   Consider the following: ideas:

  • switching from cheese on a salad to beans or sunflower seeds 
  • reaching for a piece of fruit instead of potato chips
  • purchasing brown rice rather than white rice
  • choose baked fish instead of a steak

A personalized plan can be created at MyPlate.gov for guidance with the number of servings from each food group.  A healthy diet will benefit you both now and in the future. 
For more information visit these web sites:
https://myplate.gov/myplate-plan
https://dietaryguidelines.gov

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