Dietary Food Guidelines

The Dietary Guidelines are written to help people focus on their total diet and take care of their health. The USA, Taiwan, Australia and many other countries have issued guidelines to their people. The dietary guidelines for Americans have been developed by US Department of Agriculture. These guidelines have received consensus by many authorities, and can be used by people who do not suffer from any malnutrition.

The Dietary food Guidelines for Americans (1990):

  • Eat variety of foods.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Choose a diet that is low in fat and cholesterol.
  • Choose a diet, which includes plenty of vegetables and fruits
  • Use moderated levels of sugar, sodium and salt.
  • Control from taking too much of alcoholic beverages.

Eating a Variety of Foods:

Include foods that supply essential nutrients and calories in your diet. Choosing food with rich nutrient content and different from each other not only improves awareness of diet, but also makes one look forward to consuming food each day.

If for certain reasons, you have to choose from food that you have never tasted or heard before, choose foods that look green and avoid that look red. However use your discretion of smell.

Maintaining Healthy weight:

Maintaining a healthy weight is easier said than done. Most people face obesity due to unhealthy eating habits. Peer pressure and almost starving conditions created by external environmental or social pressure are the reasons for being under weight.

Maintaining a healthy weight is a simple way of avoiding many health problems. A proper diet and simple exercise routine is the best solution for maintaining healthy weight.

Fat and Cholesterol:

The western type of diet generally results in higher fat and cholesterol levels. Fat and cholesterol are the major reasons behind obesity and major obesity related problems. People should always focus on their diet, especially with fat and cholesterol. If they can consume more carbohydrates and fiber, that would not only make up a better diet, but also promise good health.

Avoiding fat and cholesterol is as easy as (or as hard as) avoiding sugars and excess junk foods. A balanced diet is the best way to stay fit and fine.

Diet with Vegetables and Fruits:

Vegetables, grains and fruits are all very different from each other. But these foods provide complex carbohydrates and fiber. Carbohydrates add to the energy levels of the body while fiber makes digestion easy.A well balanced diet included cereals, grains, vegetables and fruits. For more information visit our balanced diet section.

Using Sugars, salt and sodium moderately:

Sugars include simple carbohydrates, but lack in nutrients. Furthermore sugar and starches melt down in mouth, decaying teeth. Dental and oral health denotes good eating and cleaning habits. High levels of sodium and salt intake increases the chances of getting high blood pressure, though generally sodium and salt regulate the blood pressure.

Taking alcohol moderately:

Alcohol has not proved benefit to health. It doesn’t even contain any of essential nutrients. Alcohol is easily digested into the blood and directly affects the brain functioning. This results in slower reaction to situations around any person who has consumed alcohol. However alcohol is considered to give pleasure, and so one can only recommend moderate intake.

Though guidelines are not a must follow, in the end it all comes do to personal choices. What would you choose – an unhealthy obese and fatty you or a healthy you?