Dietary Guidelines


What do the Dietary Guidelines do for Americans ?

A health risk is the likelihood of developing health problems. Such as heart disease, diabetes,and some cancers. A diet is an eating plan. Diet refers to everything you eat and drink.

Getting enough nutrients within your calorie needs.

Four factors that determine calorie needs are age, gender, activity level, and where you want your weight to be at. Nutrient-Dense Foods are foods that provides high amounts of vitamins and minerals for relatively few calories.

How to maintain a healthy weight.

A Risk factor is a condition that increases your chances of developing a problem.

Health risks that are related to too much body fat are diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, Arthritis, and some types of cancer. Health risks for being underweight are suffering from health problems. Being underweight also means you have less body fat as an energy reserve. One suggestion for loosing weight is increasing physical activity. Another suggestion for loosing weight is to make small decreases in food and beverage calories.

Suggestions for being physically active every day.

2 ways that active living helps you is by strengthening your heart and lungs. And by reducing your risk for future health problems. an active teen should get about 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity. The two guidelines that you should put into your daily schedule are getting involved in a team or individual sport. You can also use the stairs instead of the elevator.

Importance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and milk.

3 reasons these foods are healthy; 1.Nutrient rich 2.Helps protect against heart disease, cancer, and other health problems. 3.naturally low in fats and calories. Health benefits from these foods are they will provide for most of your calories of your meal and help supply the nutrients needed to help body function. Three ways to include these foods in your diet are to enjoy fruits or vegetables as a snack. You can also eat meals featuring cooked dry beans or peas. Another say to incorporate these foods in your diet would be to eat a wide variety of colorful foods.

How to limit fats and cholesterol.

Two types of unhealthy fats that raise cholesterol are saturated fats and trans fats.

A disease that can develop from high fat diet is heart disease.

Guidelines to achieve moderate total fat intake is 25 to 35 percent of the calories consumed over several days should come from fat.

Be choosy about carbohydrates.

Food with natural sugars are fruit and milk.

Food with added sugars are things such as candy and soft drinks.

You should limit your sugar intake because it can raise blood pressure and cause tooth decay.

Why reduce sodium and increase potassium ?

Sodium benefits the body by controlling the fluids inside. Diseases linked to excess sodium are high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. The function of potassium is to minimize or lower the amount of sodium you eat.

Avoid Alcohol

1.Alcohol can influence your judgement

2.Increases likeliness to be violent

3.Causes emotional problems

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

So the food you eat doesn't cause food borne illness. You want your food to be free from bacteria and other contaminants.