The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide dietary information to the American public every day. Each year the government publishes a list of recommended foods and a list of recommended animal products. However, when it comes to chronic illness, the guidelines can be rather vague. Some of the things they don’t mention are simply to avoid.
The majority of individuals in the United States live with chronic diseases or conditions that limit their ability to eat a healthy diet. For example, the dietary guidelines recommend many people eat at least six servings of fruits and/or vegetables per day, including at least five servings of whole grains. However, many individuals cannot limit their intake of these foods because of the cost of production in this country. The result is many Americans are eating diets high in animal products that are not nutritionally sound, resulting in imbalances and nutritional deficiencies in their bodies.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
What the latest dietary recommendations from the American Association of Nutrition and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tell us is that an increasing number of individuals are falling prey to obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Between 2021, the number of overweight adults has more than doubled, and the number of adults diagnosed with chronic illness caused by obesity has more than tripled. The problem is not going away any time soon.
In order to make a difference, it is important for us to pay attention to what we’re eating. For some reason, many of our dietary choices have become somewhat out-of-date. For example, the dietary recommendations for Americans in both of the previous lists were published in 1970. Today, according to the National Organic Food Association, there are only five foods in the diet that are considered “nutrient-dense.”
Food Industry In America
It’s really hard to pin down which one is worse for us. The food industry has responded to consumer concerns about fat, sugar, and cholesterol by removing or reformulating many of the better foods. However, despite the misguided attempts to reduce calories by reducing the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, Americans still consume way too much-saturated fats, salt, and refined flour. As a result, the average American eats about 70% more calories per person than they did fifty years ago. This situation is definitely concerning nutritionists and medical professionals alike.
Fruits, vegetables, and grains are rich in nutrition and are essential to the overall health of Americans. Unfortunately, many people just cannot get enough of them. In fact, researchers have found that only about 25% of Americans are getting enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains on a daily basis. Another troubling trend has been discovered over the last couple of decades: the decline in the consumption of fruits and vegetables. This can be traced to the rise of processed, unhealthy foods.
Although experts have identified several factors as leading to the decline in healthy food consumption, the most common is a lack of awareness. Many people simply assume that vegetables are automatically unhealthy. Because of this, many people continue to eat processed, nutrient-poor foods, resulting in even more nutritional deficiencies in themselves and their families. The good news is that when followed along with a balanced diet and a lifestyle, eating habits can become much healthier.
Americans need to pay more attention to their sodium intake. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that we should limit the amount of sodium we take in, but how do we know how much? The recommended daily allowance of sodium for an adult is 2mg/day. For children, the recommended amount is less than 1mg/day. The two largest sodium sources in the United States are salt and H2O.