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Making Every Bite Count

Charlyn Fargo on

The new 2020 to 2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are out, updated every five years. The new edition urges us to make every bite count -- to think about how everything we eat and drink makes a difference.

There are five important recommendations, which probably sound familiar:

-- Follow a healthy eating pattern. A healthy eating pattern and an appropriate calorie level will help you get the nutrition you need, achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and reduce your risk of chronic diseases.

-- Focus on variety, nutrient density and amount. To meet your nutrient needs and stay within your calorie limit, choose a variety of nutrient-dense foods across all food groups. Nutrient-dense foods include vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat dairy products.

-- Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats, and cut back on sodium.

-- Shift to healthier food and beverage choices. Choose nutrient-dense foods and beverages across all food groups in place of less healthy choices.

 

-- Support healthy eating patterns for all. Everyone has a responsibility for supporting healthy eating in all settings, such as at home, work, school or wherever food is available.

So, what's different about the new guidelines?

-- Emphasis on adopting a plant-forward diet.

-- Encouragement to consume less red and processed meat.

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