the latest guide to dietary recommendations from the u.s. federal government has just been published. It defines new restrictions on the consumption of salt, sugars and fats. A guide to changing the eating behavior of Americans who eat too much added sugar, salt and fat but not enough fruits and vegetables.
The guide recommends that adults consume less than 10% of their daily calories from added sugar in processed foods and sodas. They should also limit those from saturated fats to less than 10% and their salt intake should not exceed 2300 milligrams per day.
“We know that a lifetime of healthy eating helps prevent chronic diseases likeobesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and the Type 2 diabetes. The Dietary Guidelines provide a clear path for the general public, as well as policy makers and health care professionals and others who reach the public, to help Americans make healthy choices, informed by careful, critical, and transparent scrutiny. scientific evidence on nutrition,” said Karen DeSalvo, Assistant Secretary of Health.
“Protecting the health of Americans must include the necessary tools to enable them to make healthy food choices in their daily lives.” If Americans followed these eating tips, it would be a huge public health gain.
Obesity a public health problem
In 2010, the World Health Organization estimated that being overweight andobesity cause 3.4 million deaths and reduced life expectancy.
In a report, the WHO indicates that Europeans are getting fatter and fatter: 27% of 13-year-olds and 33% of eleven-year-olds are overweight. And, the number of overweight or obese inhabitants of the planet reached 2.1 billion in 2013 (including 671 million obese).
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