Dietary Guidelines

Guidelines for Americans

Not eating healthy can cause a lot of health problems. You could be at a health risk, a health risk is the likelihood of developing health problems. You should have always have a diet for the week to control how much you eat a week. A diet is an eating plan.

Getting the nutrients & calories you need

Your age, gender, activity level, and weight determines the calories your body needs. You should consider nutrient-dense food, its food that provides high amounts of vitamins and minerals

Maintaining a healthy weight

When trying to maintain a healthy weight, you never want to have a risk factor. A risk factor is a condition that increases your chances of developing a problem. Too much body fat can lead to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, some types of cancer, and arthritis. Underweight people can suffer too, they don't have that much body fat to reserve energy. If you want to lose weight increase your physical activity and decrease in food beverage calories.

Be physically active every day

Active living can control your weight, and strengthen your heart and lungs. Teens should get about 60 minutes or more physical activity in their daily routine. You can get involved in sports or go outside and ride a bike.

The importance of whole grain and fruits

Whole grain fruits, vegetables, and milk are important in your eating habits. They are nutrient rich, and cholesterol free. They are naturally low in fats and calories. They make your muscles stronger and better. They help protect you from heart disease and and cancer. To get these foods in your diet, drink yogurt smoothies for snacks. Eat fruit instead of all of the junk. Make fruit and vegetables a side dish for you to cook.

Limiting fats and cholesterol

There are many unhealthy fats but I'll tell you two. Saturated and Unsaturated fats can raise your cholesterol. Too much cholesterol can lead to risk of developing heart disease. Cutting back on fats usually lowers cholesterol.

Be choosy about carbs

Food with natural sugar is usually in b=nutrient-rich fruits and milk. Foods with added sugar is usually candy and soft drinks

Why reduce sodium and increase potassium ?

Sodium can help your body, sodium helps control body fluids. But however too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, heat attack, and stroke. Potassium helps counteract sodium's effects on blood pressure.

Avoid Alcohol !

Drinking alcohol can lead to many dangerous and life threatening situations. Drinking can affect your judgement and lead to accidents and injuries. It can increase the chance of violent, emotional problems. It also puts others in danger.

Why is food safety an important part of Dietary Guidelines ?

Safe food is healthful food that is free from harmful bacteria and other contaminants.