Key Recommendations of the New Dietary Guidelines for Americans
*Know Your Fat Facts
*Make Your Calories Count
* Choose Healthier Oils and Use Less Saturated fat
* Limit Sodium
* Include More Plant-Based Proteins [/sws_green_box]
The new dietary guidelines recommend that we all try to reduce saturated fat intake to no more than 7% of total calories—that’s about 16 grams of saturated fat for most women.
Full-fat dairy products, butter and meats are the main sources of saturated fat in the diet. The new guidelines emphasize having more healthful fats and oils in place of saturated fats. Use products made with oils that provide mono and polyunsaturated fats, like soft spreads, or an olive oil when you’re cooking and baking. By doing so, you can reduce saturated fat by some 70% in the foods you cook with healthier oils.
The new dietary guidelines are expected to tell us we need to slash the amount of sodium we’re eating because most of us get 2-3 times as much as what’s currently recommended. Limit processed foods as much as possible and when choosing processed foods, go for reduced sodium options. Eating plenty of produce will also help to boost the potassium in your diet which will help neutralize excess sodium
Eat More Plant-Based Protein
The Dietary Guidelines encourage us all to eat a more nutrient-rich, plant-based diet to help us control weight and improve our health. Some of the ways I do that is by enjoying all kinds of nuts as snacks and making at least one meal a week with tofu and using soymilk. Soybeans are great because they are a complete protein. I also like to have SoyJoy bars as they’re made with ground whole soybeans.