The U.S. government recently announced its latest dietary guidelines, which recommend a “healthy eating pattern” with limited sugar and saturated fat, less salt and more vegetables and whole grains.
For the first time, the government put a cap on sugar, saying added sugar should make up only 10% of your daily calories.
Also for the first time, the government has removed the limit on cholesterol.
The new guidelines continue to emphasize eating protein from seafood, lean meat and poultry. There is a specific mention of eating at least 8 ounces of seafood per week. The guidelines also single out males for eating too much protein.
The guidelines recommend eating 2½ cups of a wide variety of vegetables from all the subgroups of colors and starches a day. The suggested two cups of fruit a day, with half coming in the form of whole fruit, provides many essential vitamins and some have high fiber, which helps with digestion.
The guidelines suggest you get 10% of your daily calories from “good” fat, which includes heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids like the kind found in some fish.
According to CNN: These are general suggestions on what you should eat to avoid disease and to maintain a healthy weight. As the guidelines said, this is a “healthy eating pattern” rather than a “rigid prescription” and “an adaptable framework in which individuals can enjoy foods that meet their personal, cultural, and traditional preferences and fit within their budget.”
If you have a chronic condition or special dietary restrictions, you’ll need to see what works best for you.
To see the guidelines in their entirety, visit this site.