Dietary Guidelines For Americans

Brooklynn Dean

What Do Dietary Guidelines Do For Americans?

Dietary Guidelines provide advice to help people live longer, healthier life. Like being on a diet. A diet is an eating plan where you eat and don't eat certain foods. If you don't follow the guidelines or start eating better for your health, you can cause health risk which is developing health problems like heart diseases, diabetes, and some cancers.

Getting Enough Nutrients Within Your Calorie Needs

Four Factors

Four factors that determine your calorie needs is age, gender, activity level, and whether you trying to gain, maintain, or loose weight. To get enough nutrients you can eat nutrient dense foods. Nutrient dense food is a food that provides high amounts of vitamins and minerals for relatively few calories.

How To Maintain a Healthy Weight

You want to maintain healthy weight because you wont want a risk factor. A risk factor is a condition that increases your chances of developing health problems like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, some types of cancer, and arthritis. Underweight people do not have much fat on their body as an energy reserve and can cause health problems. So its best to stay at a healthy weight. But, if you want to lose weight, can increase physical activity and small decreases food and also beverage calories.

Suggestions For Being Physically Active Everyday

Two ways that active living van help you is to control your weight and increase your endurance and flexibility. A teen should get at least 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day. Two guidelines for including physical activity into your daily schedule is getting involved in a team or individual sport and walk briskly or a ride a bike rather than ride in a car or bus.

Importance of Whole grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Milk

Three reasons these foods are healthy is because they are nutrient rich, cholesterol free, and naturally low in fats or calories. Two health benefits of these foods is that they help protect against heart disease and cancer. Three way to include these foods in your diets is to eat fruit instead of sugary dessert, drink fruit or vegetable juice with your meal or as a snack, and make whole grain products the star of your meals.

How To Limit Fats and Cholesterol

Two types of unhealthy fats that raise cholesterol is saturated fats and trans fats. A disease that can develop from a high fat diet is heart disease. The guidelines to achieve moderate total fat intake is to keep saturated fats to less than 10 percent of your calories, eat as few foods containing trans fat as possible, limit cholesterol to less than 300 milligrams per day, choose mostly foods prepared with little or no fat, eat dairy foods that are mostly reduced fat, low fat, and fat free, get most of your fat from fish, nuts, and healthy oils, buy lean meat and poultry, eat egg yolks and whole eggs in moderation, and choose fewer solid fats.

Be Choosy About Carbohydrates

Food with natural sugar is nutrient rich fruit and milk. Food with added sugar are like candy and soft drinks. You should limit your sugar intake because sugar can promote your teeth decay.

Why Reduce Sodium And Increase Potassium?

Too much sodium is linked to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke, but sodium benefits the body because it helps control body fluids. Potassium helps counteract sodium's effect on blood pressure.

Avoid Alcohol

Three reasons teens should avoid alcohol because it can affect, or influence, your judgement, and that can lead to accidents and injuries.

Why Is Food Safety An Important Part of The Dietary Guidelines

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