Latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans based more on Mediterranean diet

Latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans based more on Mediterranean diet

The latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans was released on Thursday. The first in five years has good news for Americans s now they can enjoy their eggs and coffee without any guilt. The guidelines have also allowed to have food that is rich in cholesterol.

Along with this, the guidelines have urged the nation to cut back on favored foods like sugar, red meat and salt. Instead, people should increase the amount of fruits and vegetables, lean protein and oils derived from plants in their daily diet.

The latest guidelines are encouraging the nation’s nutritional policy towards a traditional Mediterranean diet, which focuses more on consumption of fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes in the taste of olive, nut, canola and soybean oils.

The Mediterranean diet is in complete contrast with Western diet, which is quite rich in red meat, high fat dairy and simple carbohydrates. On the other hand, the Mediterranean diet stresses on to have moderate fish and chicken consumption and whole grains and little sugar.

There are studies that have found that following the Mediterranean diet means having longer spans and lower rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. Main aim of the latest US guidelines is to reduce rates of obesity, heart disease, type-2-diabetes and other health complications.

The guidelines are also the first one to suggest a hard limit, 10% of daily calories, American should consume. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said that it may seems to be a big task to change the way Americans eat, but it can be accomplished.

“We may not be able to make broccoli taste like ice cream. But we can help make nutrition choices more understandable so families can make the best decisions for their health”, affirmed Burwell. Control on sugar and sodium are among the topics in the new guidelines that may spark a debate.