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The New 2015 Dietary Guidelines

Every five years, health.gov releases new dietary guidelines for Americans to illustrate the contrast between how people should be eating and how the actually are. The 2015-2020 guidelines are now available to the public and they explain a handful of valid points. A few of these points may come as no surprise but are highly important to note, nonetheless. Let’s take a look at a few of the key points in the 2015-2020 dietary guidelines.

  • Whole versus refined grains. Not all grains are created equal. The 2015 dietary guidelines recommend no more than 5 ounces for adult men and 4 ounces for adult women. However, studies show that most Americans consume less than 1 ounce of healthy whole grains while consuming as much as 7 ounces of refined grains like white bread, pasta, and cereals. Dietary guidelines suggest attempting to jan_infographic1make at least half of all grains consumed be whole grains.
  • Fruits and vegetables. It’s no surprise that most Americans, male and female, fall short of the daily recommended amount of both fruits and vegetables. Studies are showing that there is a decline in healthy fruits and veggies for the average person from the age of 4, until around age 50. Fruits and vegetables harbor valuable vitamins and minerals that are vital for bodily function, metabolism, and immune health.
  • Sugar. For several years, dietary guidelines have suggested that in general, people need to be more conscious about their sugar intake. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but American individuals consume up to 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, nearly double the recommended amount. For the average American consuming 2,000 calories per day, the daily recommended limit for sugar is no more than 12 teaspoons to meet the new 10 percent target. Consuming an excessive amount of sugar over time can lead to various diseases like diabetes.
  • Sodium. The amount of junk food the average person consumes has been increasing, and Americans consume, on average, over 3,500 milligrams of sodium daily. That average is far more than the recommended 2,300 milligrams suggested for men and women in the 2015 dietary guidelines.
  • Protein. American’s get the majority of their protein from meat, but is it too much? Studies continue to show that teen and adult males consume up to 10 ounces more than the recommended weekly meat consumption. The guidelines encourage people to shift toward eating other protein foods such as nuts, seeds, legumes, and seafood.
  • Saturated fat. Remaining the same from 2010 is the recommendation to reduce overall saturated fat intake. Substituting healthy proteins such as seafood, nuts, and legumes in place of red meat can help make a substantial difference in an individual’s saturated fat intake.
  • Cholesterol. One of the major adjustments to the 2010 guidelines was to drop the recommendation of limiting cholesterol intake to 300 milligrams per day. The change was made because the expert panel agreed that there is no evidence to prove that limiting cholesterol reduces the risk of clogging arteries.

Of all of these points, it seems that many people have at least one of these that they could and should try to improve. Living a healthy lifestyle starts with nutrition. Getting vital nutrients from a balanced lifestyle plays a key role in an individual’s health. Since the release of our first product in 1987, InterHealth has been dedicated to creating effective, clinically-research products to help people live the healthy lifestyle they are looking to achieve.

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