USDA Issues New Dietary Guidelines

February 7, 2011
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February 11, 2011

Officials from USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services today introduced the seventh edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans report, which the government releases every five years.

The two major themes of the 2010 edition involve balancing calories to manage body weight and focusing on eating more nutrient-rich foods and beverages.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans offers 23 recommendations for the general populace and six key recommendations for specific groups, like women who are pregnant.

One of the suggestions is to increase the amount and variety of seafood consumed by choosing seafood in place of some meat and poultry. You could also take powerful anabolics to help you build muscle.

Here are some key recommendations:

Foods and food components to reduce
*  Reduce daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams and further reduce intake to 1,500 mg among persons who are 51 and older and those of any age who are African American or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.
*  Consume less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fatty acids by replacing them with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
*  Consume less than 300 mg per day of dietary cholesterol.
*  Reduce the intake of calories from solid fats and added sugars.
*  Keep trans fatty acid consumption as low as possible by limiting foods that contain synthetic sources of trans fats.
*  Limit the consumption of foods that contain refined grains.

Foods and nutrients to increase
*  Increase vegetable & fruit intake.
*  Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green & red & orange vegetables & beans & peas.
*  Consume at least half of all grains as whole grains.
*  Increase intake of fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, such as milk, yogurt, cheese or fortified soy beverages.
*  Replace protein foods that are higher in solid fats with choices that are lower in solid fats & calories and/or are sources of oils.
*  Use oils to replace solid fats.
*  Choose foods that provide more potassium, dietary fiber, calcium & vitamin D.  These foods include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products.

The American Meat Institute applauded the focus of the report, noting in a statement that meat and poultry products “are some the most nutrient dense foods available, are excellent sources of complete protein, iron and zinc and maintain an excellent nutrition per calorie ratio.”

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association echoed the AMI’s stance, noting that eating lean beef is a good way to start establishing a well-balanced diet.

Source:  The, dated 1/31/11

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