Health & Wellness

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2013

According to the report “Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee” released by the USDA and Health and Human Services, Americans should consume more vegetables and whole grains, eat less fatty meats, salt and sugar.

Specifically, the report recommends:

  • Lower maximum milligrams of salt to 1, 500 mg – down from 2,300 mg.
  • Eat less saturated fat. Total saturated fats should drop to 7% of total daily calorie intake – was 10%.
  • Drink fewer sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Eat more seafood and low-fat dairy products.
  • Eat more vegetables, cooked dry beans and peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
  • Nutritional education, cooking skills and food safety needs to be strengthened, especially in families.
  • Lose the concept of “discretionary calories,” which was added in 2005. The idea was that people who ate according to the guidelines would have a handful of calories left over to indulge in ice cream or chips or other foods with less nutritional value.

Source: International Dairy, Deli, Bakery Association