From the desk of Laura Foresta, RD, LDN…
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. The document is intended to help people sift through the complex and overwhelming nutrition information (and misinformation) that is so widely available these days. The main focus is on choosing nutrient-dense, or as I like to call them, “bang for your buck” foods, and limiting the higher-calorie, less healthful foods.
Here are some highlights:
1. Eat more and colorful fruits and vegetables
2. Limit saturated fat intake to no more than 10% of your total calories for the day by replacing them with mono- and polyunsaturated fats
3. Limit foods with solid fats and added sugars
4. Limit sodium to 2300 mg per day; 1500 mg if you are older than 51 years of age, are African American or have diabetes or kidney disease.
5. Increase physical activity and limit the amount of time you sit each day
6. Increase your intake of whole grains by replacing refined grains with whole grains
7. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
8. Choose a variety of protein foods, which include seafood, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds
Source: DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS, 2010 Executive Summary
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