New dietary guidelines published by federal government

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The new Dietary Guidelines from the government advise people to eat more fish and cut intake of fats and salts. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The new pamphlet of Dietary Guidelines has been published by the U.S. Government. Every five years, the federal government publishes a new set of suggestions on what Americans should eat including what should be cut back on. The effect is not expected to be dramatic.

Government publishes new dietary guidelines

The federal government has just released a new edition of “Dietary Guidelines,” according to ABC. A new edition of guidelines is issued every five years by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advises limiting the use of solid fats and consuming at least two and a half cups of fruits and vegetables per day, especially those high in dietary fiber. Americans are advised by the new guidelines also to limit their sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams per day. Those at risk for or already living with heart disease are recommended to limit sodium intake to 1,500 mg per day, and the American Heart Association says that about 50 percent of the American population fits that criteria.

Fish upon a star

The new dietary guidelines also recommend that Americans start eating more fish. It is recommended that people ingest at least 8 ounces of seafood per week, which is double the current average of 3.5 ounces per week, according to USA Today. Certain species of fish and other seafood are high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Higher consumption of fish is also supposedly part of the so-called “French Paradox” or “French Affect,” wherein French people consume more saturated fats than Americans but have less heart disease.

The war on obesity

The high rate of obesity among American adults and children is something that health professionals and First Lady Michele Obama are extremely concerned with. American life expectancy was recently reported as lagging behind other industrial nations and many suspect that diet along with increasingly sedentary lifestyles are major culprits.

Sources

ABC

USA Today

2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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