Health and Human Services and the U-S Department of Agriculture released new dietary guidelines this week to encourage healthy eating habits to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases. University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health’s Dr. Laura Jana is a pediatrician and says these new guidelines are designed to help the public make informed choices about their diets.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans reflects advancements in scientific understanding about healthy eating choices and health outcomes over a lifetime. The new guidelines recommend less than 10% of calories per day should come from added sugar in processed foods like soda and candy. Less than 10% of calories per day should come from saturated fats and less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day for those over 14.
Dr. Jana says, “Something as simple as frying a food to baking it or to switching from whole fat milk to 2-percent, 1-percent or skim can really have a big impact over a long period of time.”
The guidelines suggest Americans should consume a variety of vegetables that include dark green, red and orange, beans and peas, starchy and other vegetables. They also recommend more whole fruit, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat yogurt, cheese and fortified soy beverages. Also on the “to do” list includes a variety of protein that includes seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, soy products and nuts and seeds. Oils should be limited to those from plants that include canola, corn, olive, peanut, safflower, soybean and sunflower.