Dietary Guidelines Group 5

by Nick and Justin

Choose foods that provide more potassium, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamin D.

Potassium lowers blood pressure and can reduce risk of kidney stones and bone loss.

Fiber makes you feel full and promotes healthy laxation.

Calcium makes healthy bones and reduces risk for osteoporosis, as well as helping nerves and muscles.

Vitamin D reduces the risk of bone softening and fractures.

Select an eating pattern that meets nutrient needs over time.

Research has identified eating patterns that may provide health benefits, like a reduced risk of chronic diseases. Many traditional eating patterns can provide health benefits.

Account for all foods and beverages consumed and assess how they fit in a healthy eating pattern.

Americans often choose foods that do not have many nutrients. They add calories without providing nutrients. These foods should be planned into eating patterns.

Follow food safety recommendations when preparing and eating foods to reduce the risk of illness.

Foodborne illnesses affect more than 76 million Americans a year, causing 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. Wash your hands, rinse vegetables and fruit, cook foods to safe temperatures, and store foods safely to prevent food safety problems.