Making Every Bite Count
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.