Dietary Guidelines

Diamond Berkowitz

What Do The Dietary Guidelines do for Americans?

Dietary Guidelines provide advice to help people live longer, healthier lives. A health risk is the likelihood of developing a health problem. Diets are eating plans.

Getting Enough Nutrients Within Your Calorie Needs

Everyone needs a certain amount of calories to survive everyday. There are four factors to determine these needs. The factors are age, gender, activity level, and whether or not you are trying to lose or maintain weight. Nutrient dense foods are foods that are high in nutrients and low in calories.

How to Maintain a Healthy Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for you health throughout your life. A risk factor is a condition that increases your chances of developing a problem. Having too much body fat could result in diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and arthritis. Having too little body fat could result in loss of reproduction ability, nutrition imbalance, and a weakened immune system. To lose weight one should increase physical activity and decrease calorie intake.

Being Physically Active Everyday

Being active helps to control body weight and reduce future health problems. An average teenager should have roughly 60 minutes of physical activities a day. To include physical activity in your life you could join a team or spend less time watching TV and more time being physical.

Importance of Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Milk

Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and milk should all be a part of your daily calorie intake. These foods are healthy because they are nutrient dense, low in cholesterol, and low in calories. These foods benefit you by protecting against heart disease and cancer. To include these foods in your diet you could drink fruit juice or enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks or meals.

How to Limit Fats And Cholesterol

Two types of unhealthy fats that raise cholesterol are saturated and trans fats. A high fat diet can cause heart disease. To achieve moderate fat in take you should read food labels and cut back on eating foods that contain trans fat and saturated fat. Also eat foods with bad fat in moderation.

Be Choosy About Carbohydrates

Some sugars are naturally in foods. These sugars aren't as dangerous to your body. Foods with added sugars are higher in calories and could damage your body. These sugars promote tooth decay among other things. You should limit your sugar intake to ensure that your diet is healthier and that your life is happier.

Why Reduce Sodium and Increase Potassium?

Sodium in moderation can benefit the body by controlling body functions. Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Potassium helps counteract sodium's effect on blood pressure.

Avoid Alcohol

Teens should avoid alcohol because alcohol can affect their judgement and lead to accidents and injuries. Drinking a lot can lead to violence and emotional problems.

Why is Food Safety Important?

Food safety is important because it keeps food safe from harmful contaminants. When food is not properly taken care of people can get sick from the harmful bacteria that may be on the food.