The Updated Dietary Guidelines For Americans


The U.S. Agriculture and Health & Human Services updates The Dietary Guidelines for Americans every 5 years and has served as the government’s benchmark for balanced nutrition. Last Thursday, officials issued the 8th edition of the guidelines. Something that hasn’t been included in past guidelines was the limits for added sugar. It called for Americans to cut back on their sugar intake while eating less saturated fat and salt.

The 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend:

  • Consuming less than 10 percent of your calories per day from added sugars
  • Consuming less than 10 percent of your calories per day from saturated fats
  • Consuming less than 2,300 milligrams per day of sodium
  • Consuming as little dietary cholesterol as possible while following a healthy eating pattern
  • If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation — up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men — and only by adults of legal drinking age.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend following a healthy eating pattern. Eat more of some foods and nutrients and less of others over a lifetime. The Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to eat more:

  • Vegetables, including dark greens, red and orange, legumes, starchy and others
  • Fruits, especially whole fruits
  • Whole-grains
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy including milk, yogurt, cheese and fortified soy beverages
  • Variety of protein foods including seafood, lean meats, poultry, nuts and legumes
  • Oils including canola, corn, olive, peanut, sunflower and soybean.

At Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine, our meal plans follow the established guidelines and recommendations of health and nutrition experts. Our Healthy Mix and Vegetarian menus meet the eating guidelines of the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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To read the guidelines in its entirety, visit





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