New dietary guidelines released by U.S.

On 1/7, the United States released its new dietary guidance, Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 . These guidelines are considered a resource for science-based recommendations to improve Americans’ diets, reduce obesity, and prevent chronic diseases.

As in past iterations, the guidelines call on consumers to significantly increase fruit and vegetable intake.  Produce should be half the plate.

7 in 10 Americans do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.

The guidelines also convey

  • that nutrients best come from foods rather than supplements
  • eating more fruits and vegetables helps consumers achieve other goals in the guidelines: limiting added sugars and saturated fats, reducing sodium and building a diet with a variety of nutrient-dense foods.