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New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Recommend Limiting Excess Salt, Fat, Sugar — Physician’s First Watch

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February 1, 2011

New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Recommend Limiting Excess Salt, Fat, Sugar

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture have updated their 2005 nutritional guidelines, taking aim at sodium, refined sugars, fats, and refined grains.

Among the 23 recommendations:

  • Limit daily sodium consumption to less than 2300 mg. High-risk groups (e.g., those who are over 50, are black, or who have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney diseases) should consume less than 1500 mg.

  • Restrict the percentage of calories coming from saturated fats to less than 10%.

  • Consume less than 300 mg of dietary cholesterol daily.

  • Replace refined grains with whole grains.

  • Restrict consumption of solid fats and added sugars.

  • Limit alcohol to one drink per day for women and two for men.

  • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and more of them.

  • Replace some meat and poultry with seafood.

The guidelines also offer specific recommendations for people ages 50 and up and women who may become pregnant or who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

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