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New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Released

From Jan. 19: Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture released updated nutritional guidelines that encourage Americans to adopt a series of science-based recommendations to improve how they eat to reduce obesity and prevent other chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. The newly released 8th edition of the Dietary Guidelines recognizes the importance of focusing not on individual nutrients or foods in isolation, but on the variety of what people eat and drink—healthy eating patterns as a whole—to bring about lasting improvements in individual and population health.

The specific recommendations fit into five overarching guidelines in the new edition:
  • Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan. Eating patterns are the combination of foods and drinks that a person eats over time
  • Focus on variety, nutrient-dense foods 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
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines were informed by the recommendations of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which was composed of prestigious researchers in the fields of nutrition, health and medicine, and by consideration of public and federal agency comments. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is available at Look for an Active Voice feature commentary on the new Dietary Guidelines in an upcoming issue of SMB! more

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