Dietary Guidelines

Briana Tucker

What do dietary guidelines do for Americans?


  • Health risk is meant by anything which may reduce human health.
  • Diet means the kinds of food a person or living thing consumes.

Getting enough nutrients within your calorie needs.

  • Your dietary calorie needs depend on your age, sex, metabolism, activity level, and body size.
  • Nutrient-dense foods give you the most nutrients for the fewest amount of calories.

How to maintain a healthy weight.

  • A risk factor is any attribute, characteristic or exposure of an individual that increases the likelihood of developing a disease or injury.
  • Excess body fat can cause you to have heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and depression.
  • Being underweight can cause fragile bones, inhibited growth and development, a weak immune system, anemia, and hair loss.
  • One suggestion for losing weight is to burn more calories than you consume. Another is avoid snacking, they could make a difference between weight gaining.

Suggestions for being physically active everyday.

  • Active living can help you be healthy and maintain your weight over time.
  • It is recommended that a teen gets one hour of physical activity a day.
  • Guidelines say that children from ages 6-17 should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. While adults from ages 18-64 should get at least 3o minutes daily.

Importance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and milk.

  • These foods are healthy because they all contain fiber and proteins.
  • These foods benefit us because they contain fiber, and do not have much fat.
  • One way to include these foods in your diet would be to require them to be in your daily meals. Another would be to eat foods that contain these items rather than other foods all the time.

How to limit fats and cholesterol.

  • Saturated fats and trans fats raise your cholesterol.
  • You can develop heart disease from a high fat diet.
  • Choosing a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol can moderate your total fat intake.

Be choosy about carbohydrates.

  • Milk, fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain natural sugars.
  • Icecream, cookies, brownies and things of that sort all contain added sugars.
  • You should limit your sugar intake because it can lead to obesity, diabetes, and nutritional deficiency.

Why reduce sodium and increase potassium?

  • Sodium benefits the body because it has the property of holding water in the body.
  • Too much sodium can cause kidney disease.
  • Potassium maintains proper fluid balance, nerve impulse function, and muscle function.

Avoid alcohol.

  • When teens drink alcohol it reduces their brains strength.
  • Alcohol can disrupt a teens development.
  • Alcohol can affect visual-spatial functioning.

Why is food safety an important part of the dietary guidelines?

Food safety is an important part of the dietary guidelines because it reduces the amount of food born illnesses.