USDA nutritional guidelines to boost your health



Every nation is facing challenges in terms of the health issues of their people.  Various health care committees and government bodies provide nutrition policy and nutrition education activities to increase awareness among people. Recently USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Guidelines Advisory  Committee issued The Dietary Guidelines, which are aimed at “an American public of whom the majority are overweight or obese and yet undernourished in several key nutrients.”   


The Dietary Guidelines are jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the USDA and Health and Human Services (HHS). They provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.    According to the report, Americans currently consume an average of 3,400 milligrams of salt daily. Excessive intake has been implicated in heart disease, strokes and other maladies costing billions of dollars annually.      


Sources of Salt in the Average Diet


Here are some of the findings from the guidelines-    


10.0pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: Arial; color: black;">The new guidelines recommended to lower maximum daily intake of salt from 2,300 milligrams to 1,500 milligrams. 
 ·  The new guidance urges that saturated fat intake be cut from 10% of total daily energy consumption to just 7%, with more emphasis on calories from the more healthful mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. 
 · The trans fat intake recommendation has been cut in half — from 1% to 0.5%. 
 · The advisory also encourages to increase potassium intake, since this element helps cut the effects of sodium on blood pressure.
· The guidelines also recommend against a daily multivitamin and encourage moderate alcohol intake, at no more than a drink a day for women and two for men.      

National dietary guidelines were first published in 1980 and are reviewed every five years. This new set of guidelines is open for public comment until July 15.   

I firmly believe that right diet and daily exercise can lead to a healthy life. The advisory committee has done a wonderful job in developing a national strategy to help people eat better, including ramping up nutrition education.     

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