glance, not much has changed. According to the just-released
2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, we eat too much
sugar, saturated fat and sodium. And we donít get our quota
of vegetables, fruit, dairy or vegetable oils.
changed is the focus. This latest scientific review of the
impact of nutrition on our health concludes that we need to
cut back on individual components in our food such as sugar,
saturated fat and sodium. At the same time we are encouraged
to consume more nutrient-dense combinations of foods,
especially vegetable-based foods and those high in calcium.
kind of like a puzzle, say our nationís top nutrition
experts. What emerges is a healthy eating pattern ó food
choices that meet our nutrient needs without a lot of extra
sugar, salt or saturated fat.
the big deal about putting these guidelines into practice?
Close to one of every two American adults now suffer with at
least one disease that could have largely been prevented with
a better diet; that includes high blood pressure, heart
disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. It is a big deal.
example: letís say you decide to buy split pea soup because
it is a protein- and nutrient-rich vegetable. As you compare
products, you decide to buy the one that has: a) a pretty
picture on the label; b) less sodium; c) less saturated fat.
Answer: b and c.
packing lunch. You decide to make: a) a tuna sandwich on whole
grain bread with tomato and a slice of low fat cheese with an
apple; b) salami and cheese on white bread with chips and dip;
c) forget it, Iíll just grab a soda. Best answer: a.
hungry for a snack. Instead of your usual candy bar, you
choose trail mix because: a) dried fruit and unsalted nuts
count as fruit and healthy fat; b) you are trying to eat less
sugar and saturated fat; c) your mother packed it for you. All
can be correct.
specific "Healthy US-Style Eating Pattern" ó food
choices most strongly associated with enhanced health ó is
also introduced in these latest guidelines:
of every color and type, including beans and legumes, 2 or
more cups daily
or 2 cups daily
grains: 3 or more servings per day
8 ounces a week
eggs, soy products and lean meat (such as 95 percent lean
ground beef and pork tenderloin): 5 ounces daily
or low fat milk, yogurt or cheese or fortified soy beverage: 2
to 3 cups daily
based fats such as olive or canola oils, avocados, and
unsalted nuts: 5 teaspoons daily
more information and recommended meal patterns for your age at