Dietary guidelines

By Jamari Lovelace

What do the Dietary Guidelines do for Americans?

  • A health risk is the likelihood of developing health problems
  • A diet is an eating plan

Getting enough nutrients within your calorie needs.

  • Age, gender, activity, and weight determines calorie needs
  • Nutrient-Dense foods have vitamins and minerals with low calories

How to maintain a healthy weight.

  • A risk factor increases your chances of health problems
  • Heart problems can come with too much body weight.
  • Low energy can come with being overweight

Suggestions for being physically active every day.

  • Active living helps by strengthening heart and lungs and controlling your weight
  • At least 60 minutes a day
  • Get involved in a sport and spend less time watching television

Importance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and milk

  • They are nutrient-rich, cholesterol-free, and low in fats and calories
  • They can protect against heart-disease and cancer
  • You can include these in your life by: eating fruits instead of desserts, drink fruit juice, and eat whole-grain products

How to limit fats and cholesterol

  • Saturated and trans fats raise cholesterol
  • Heart disease can come from this
  • Read food labels to know fat intake

Be choosy about carbohydrates

  • Fruit has natural sugar
  • Candy has added sugar
  • Too much sugar can promote tooth decay

Why reduce sodium and increase potassium?

  • Sodium controls body fluids
  • High blood pressure can come with too much sodium
  • Potassium helps counteracts sodium's affect

Avoid alcohol

3 reasons to avoid alcohol are:

  1. Violence
  2. Emotional problems
  3. dependency

Why is food safety an important part of the Dietary Guidelines?

It is important because the food can harm you