2015's Diet Guide
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 12:00 AM

New dietary guidelines officially endorsed by the U.S. government have been released and were immediately greeted with criticism.  The guidelines are roughly similar to the previous version, issued in 2010, but with an added focus on dietary patterns rather than on individual foods, and a new recommendation that fewer than 10% of calories per day should be from added sugars.

The American Medical Association (AMA) expressed solid support for the new dietary guidelines without hint of criticism.  “The AMA applauds the Committee for recommending that our nation's children and adults should focus on achieving a healthy overall diet rather than focus on consuming only specific nutrients," wrote the AMA president. 

"Eating pattern may be more predictive of overall health status and disease risk than individual foods or nutrients," according to the published guidelines, issued jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. The guidelines have been updated every 5 years since 1980.

Despite the focus on dietary patterns, the new guidelines do recommend that certain nutrients be capped. In addition to the sugar cap, it's recommended that people consume fewer than 10% of calories per day from saturated fats, and less than 2,300 mg per day of sodium. But, in line with the DGAC recommendation, there is no cap on total fat.

Similar to the previous guidelines, Americans are encouraged to eat a variety of vegetables and fruits, with grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy, and oils. "A healthy eating pattern limits saturated fats and trans fats, added sugars, and sodium," the authors wrote.

Also new: the former cholesterol limit of 300 mg/day has been dropped. There was also a prompt to eat "a variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products." The authors of the report added that two further aims of the report are to get people to shift to healthier food and beverage choices and to "Support health eating patterns for all."

Physical activity was mentioned briefly in the report. 



Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/DietNutrition/55556