USDA Releases New Dietary Guidelines
The USDA acknowledges the growing concern about the health of the American population and presents their new data as an attempt to improve the health of all Americans by promoting both healthy eating and physical activity. It is believed that following these updated recommendations will aid Americans to live “longer, healthier, and more active lives.”
So what are some of the changes since the last time the USDA released their dietary guidelines 5 years ago?
Reduce your daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams. Reduce intake to 1,500 milligrams (that’s about ½ tsp. salt) among adults, African Americans, or those suffering from hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.
Eat more fish. Consume 8 to 12 ounces of seafood per week from a variety of seafood types. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should eat seafood at least twice a week for nutrients that play an important role in babies’ brain and eye development.
Increase physical activity. Children ages 6-17 should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. Adults ages 18-64 should do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.Add a Comment