Diet Guidelines for Americans
Published every five years, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans answers three basic questions: What should you eat, how should you prepare food to keep it safe and nutritious, and what sort of exercise is best for good health. From a diet viewpoint, the focus is on promoting good eating habits and how healthy diets can reduce the risk of obesity and other major chronic diseases which are weight and/or diet-related.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2005)
The 2005 edition of the Guidelines was released in January 2005. The diet and nutrition advice it contains is the result of a three-stage process. First, a 13-member Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (whose members have specialized knowledge in areas such as overweight and obesity, physical activity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, pediatrics, epidemiology, general medicine, nutrition and food safety) draws up a scientific dietary report. Next, this diet report is reviewed by government and, after public consultation, forms the basis for the new dietary guidelines. Lastly, these diet guidelines are redrafted for the public as well as nutritional and health educators.
Here is a short summary of the most important diet recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines.
The Most Important Food Groups
Eat lean protein. Choose lean meats and poultry. Bake it, broil it, or grill it. Vary your protein food choices, with more fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds.
Sodium and Potassium
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