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2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines have been released to the public. The process has been slightly changed with this review and the change was for the better. The reviewing committee now recognizes that counting calories, monitoring the serving sizes and number servings/day, as well as looking at foods in groups (dairy, protein, grains, etc) are not the most effective methods at reaching society as a whole. The review team really worked on tailoring the new guidelines to meet a more holistic/individual need instead of the old way where everyone fit into one category or box. See below for a basic breakdown of the updated guidelines.

Here are the five basic principles behind these recommendations as taken from the Executive Summary of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.

1. Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan. All food and beverage choices matter. Choose a healthy eating pattern at an appropriate calorie level to help achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, support nutrient adequacy, and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

2. Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount. To meet nutrient needs within calorie limits, choose a variety of nutrient-dense foods across and within all food groups in recommended amounts.

3. Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake. Consume an eating pattern low in added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium. Cut back on foods and beverages higher in these components to amounts that fit within healthy eating patterns.

4. Shift to healthier food and beverage choices. Choose nutrient-dense foods and beverages across and within all food groups in place of less healthy choices. Consider cultural and personal preferences to make these shifts easier to accomplish and maintain.

5. Support healthy eating patterns for all. Everyone has a role in helping to create and support healthy eating patterns in multiple settings nationwide, from home to school to work to communities.