The Department of Health and Human Services today announced new dietary guidelines. They amend these recommendations every five years. The guidelines include 23 Key Recommendations aimed at improving public health by reducing obesity in adults and children. Among them:
- Enjoy your food, but eat less.
- Avoid oversized portions.
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
- Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
Although these guidelines may sound simple and practical, USA Today reports that the average American diet includes nearly 800 calories a day from solid fats and added sugars, which includes several hundred calories a day from sugary beverages such as soda and sports drinks and from desserts such as cookies, cakes, and doughnuts. They also report that most Americans eat less than two cups of vegetables and fruit a day, far below the recommended four or more cups.
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