New Dietary Recommendations Bring Changes

Contributed by: Sonal Hill, MS, RD LD                                                                                   ThinkstockPhotos-168823970

The Department of Health and Human Services Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) recently released its new recommendations to the US government for healthy eating. The report provides some new advice on food recommendations and supports a pattern that promotes good health and disease prevention.

In this newest report, the DGAC, which is made up of physicians and nutritionists, recommends we eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low or nonfat dairy, seafood, legumes and nuts and less red and processed meats, added sugars and refined grains. Surprisingly, the new recommendations also approved of consuming a moderate amount of caffeine and not worrying about trying to control the amount of dietary cholesterol we eat.

Sonal Hill, MS, RD LD, at the Women’s Center says it has to do with dietary combinations.  “People focus on what not to eat, but should focus on what they should be eating on most days at most meals,” says Hill.  “Diets that are rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can also include foods on the “bad list.”  Some foods and drinks that people cut out actually have a place in their diet.  Not all “bad” foods and drinks need to be removed.”

What You Should Be Eating

Women have different daily nutritional requirements than men but we all should strive for the same goal – being healthy and that usually starts with diet and exercise. With that in mind, try sticking to the below recommendations and burning off more calories than you consume and you’ll be on the right path to maintaining a healthy weight while keeping yourself well nourished.

The DGAC and I recommend dietary options that are full of vegetables, fruits, whole gains and low in saturated fat, added sugars and sodium. The goals for the general population are:

• Less than 2,300 milligrams of dietary sodium per day.

• Less than 10% of total calories from saturated fat per day.

• A maximum of 10% of total calories from added sugars per day.

Trying to maintain a healthy diet can be overwhelming and intimidating but we are here to help you. Our expert team of nutritionists can help you navigate the information and develop a healthy eating plan that helps you reach your goals.

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