The federally-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has just released their findings for nutritional policy based on research of current public health conditions and informs national nutrition policies. Highlights include:
The majority of the U.S. population has low intakes of key food groups including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy. Americans eat more refined grains and added sugars than is recommended.
Obesity and other health conditions with a nutritional origin are highly prevalent in the U.S.
Healthy diets are high in vegetables, fruits, seafood, legumes and nuts, and low in red or processed meats.
Alcohol consumption (for adults only) should be moderate for maximum health.
Individual behavior changes in exercise and diet can lead to improved national public health and lower rates of obesity and other health conditions.
Social and economic factors can greatly influence dietary and behavioral patterns, particularly when households are food insecure.
Sodium, saturated fat and added sugars can be included in a healthy diet, in reduced portions.
The full report can be found here.