Dietary Guidlines

What do the Dietary Guidelines do for Americans

Health risks- anything which may reduce human health. These may be ranked according to high, moderate and low risk.

Diet-the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.

Getting enough nutrients within your calorie needs.

  • Basal metabolic rate. This reflects the energy the body needs for basic functions while at rest.
  • Define Nutrient-Dense Foods-is a simple way to connect nutrients with calories.

How to maintain a healthy weight.

risk factor-is any attribute, characteristic or exposure of an individual that increases the likelihood of developing a disease or injury.


  • Inhibited growth and development. This is especially true in children and teens, whose bodies need plenty of nutrients to grow and stay healthy.

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Suggestions for being physically active every day

1 History; 2 Benefits; 3 Types of physical activity; 4 Recommendations


An overweight teen (or child) should get at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise 3 days out of the week.


Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss.

Importance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and milk

Retail food establishments that process and package meat or poultry in a form that is not ready-to-eat, are obligated by Federal regulation to label the product with safe food handling instructions.


Proteins function as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood


Flax seeds and walnuts are not your only choices, of course

How to limit fats and cholesterol

There are numerous types of fat. Your body makes its own fat from taking in excess calories. Some fats are found in foods from plants and animals and are known as dietary fat.

Be choosy about carbohydrates

When it comes to the health implications of sugar, most of what you hear about is naturally-occurring versus added sugars.

Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared. This does not include naturally occurring sugars such as those in milk and fruits.

Foods that are high in sugar are often calorie dense and nutrient poor. Therefore, eating too many of them can easily lead to weight gain.

Why reduce sodium and increase potassium

muscle contraction. It is very important for regulations and fluid maintenance within the human body.

Nearly 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended, and about 1 in 6 children has raised blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

Potassium is a very important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues, and organs in the human body.


Avoid alcohol


  1. alcohol could disrupt development at a time when they're making important decisions about their lives (school, careers, relationships)

  2. alcohol can also affect how the brain disseminates information into long-term memory, a crucial element in the process of learning

  3. alcohol can affect visual-spatial functioning -- the ability to read distance properly or follow directions on a map

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

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are based on state-of-the-art nutrition science and form the foundation for U.S. nutrition policy.