Americans' Diets Are A Train Wreck-1312011 PDF Print E-mail

Loaded with few healthy foods, high-calorie fast food, little nutrition junk food and overly sweetened beverages, many Americans' diets are a train wreck, according to Nanci Hellmich over at American Chronicle. In fact, about two-thirds of American adults and one-third of American children are overweight or obese.


Recommending that people get back to eating healthier by cutting sugar, salt and those nasty solid fats (butter and stick margarine), the US government is releasing its new set of guidelines including such tips as eating more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, and increasing their intake of seafood.


These Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services are meant to help Americans reduce their risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and strokes by maintaining a healthy weight.


Included in their list of recommendations are:


* Eat more fruit and a variety of vegetables- dark-green, red and orange vegetables.

* Use liquid oils to replace solid fats.
* Reduce your calorie intake from solid fat foods and food with added sugars.

* If you're going to consume milk products, go for fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese products.

* People age 51 and older are admonished to reduce their daily sodium (salt) intake to less than 1,500 milligrams. This is also recommended for African-Americans and people with kidney disease, diabetes and/or hypertension.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says, "You need to be conscious of what you eat." When it comes to reversing the obesity epidemic, "there's no quick fix," he says. "It's all about calories in and calories out."


Vilsack acknowledges that these guidelines mean that many Americans will have to make remarkable changes in their diet- himself included.


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