Dietary Guidelines: Why we need it.

A guide to living a healthy lifestyle.

What do the Dietary Guidelines do for Americans?

The dietary guidelines helps Americans live a longer and healthier life. If the human body is not treated right, it could lead to a health risk, which is the likelihood of developing health problems. A diet can help you maintain your plan, since it's an eating plan.

Getting Enough Nutrients Within your calorie needs.

You would need a certain amount of calories every day. The amount you need depends on your age, gender, activity level, and whether you are trying to gain, maintain, or lose weight. To get enough nutrients, you would need to consume a nutrient-dense food, which is a food that contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals with little calories.

How to maintain a healthy weight.

A risk factor is having a higher chance of developing a problem, and you could have problems due to body fat, which include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, types of cancer, and arthritis. Underweight people can also suffer from health problems. Ways you can lose weight is by being physical by joining a sports team, or riding a bike/walking instead of taking a bus.

Suggestions for being physically active every day.

Physical activity can help you control your weight and strengthen your heart and lungs. The average teen should get 60 minutes of exercise every day. You could spend less time watching t.v and doing fun activities, or use the stairs instead of an elevator for a healthier daily routine.

Importance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and milk.

These foods are good for you because they are nutrient rich, cholesterol free, and are low in fats and calories. They can also protect against heart disease and cancer. You can include these in your diet by eating fruits instead of sugary desserts, make whole-grain products the star of your meals, and drink yogurt smoothies as a snack.

How to limit fats and cholesterol.

Unhealthy fats that could raise cholesterol is saturated fats and trans fats. You could develop heart disease from consuming too much fat. You can read food labels to compare the amount of total, saturated, and trans fats, and cholesterol in foods.

Be choosy about carbohydrates

Natural sugars are found in nutrient-rich fruit and milk, and added sugars are found in foods such as candy or soft drinks. Tooth decay could occur, so you should limit your sugar intake.

Why reduce sodium and increase potassium?

Sodium helps control body fluids. Too much though can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke. The function of potassium is to help counteract sodium's effects on blood pressure.

Avoid Alcohol

Teens should avoid alcohol for reasons. For one, alcohol can lead to accidents or injuries. Secondly, it can lead people to violence, emotional problems, dependency, and other problems. It can also put other peers at risk.

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

Food safety is an important part because having healthier food can lead you to better health. If food is not handled, stored, or prepared correctly, it could lead to food borne illness.