Now is the time to weigh in: Are you eating fewer sugary foods, less saturated fat? Are you trying to incorporate more fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your diet?
These are just a few of the recommendations in the new dietary guidelines for Americans.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, made up of nutrition experts from throughout the country, released its report for a 30-day public comment period. This period runs through July 15.
Following the public comment period, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration will finalize and publish the 2010 guidelines. Congress requires these guidelines to be updated every five years.
The report hits hard on the fact that the majority of Americans are overweight and changes in our diets are needed.
“On average, Americans of all ages consume too few vegetables, fruits, high-fiber whole grains, low-fat milk and milk products, and seafood and they eat too much added sugars, solid fats, refined grains, and sodium,” says the executive report. “SoFAS (added sugars and solid fats) contribute approximately 35 percent of calories to the American diet. This is true for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults and for both males and females. Reducing the intake of SoFAS can lead to a badly needed reduction in energy intake and inclusion of more healthful foods into the total diet.”
To read the entire report and take your opportunity to comment on it, check out the links at www.cnpp.usda.gov/dietaryguidelines.htm