USDA Updates Dietary Guidelines

USDA Updates Dietary Guidelines Every 5 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture takes a look at its Dietary Guidelines for Americans to make sure they reflect current knowledge and needs. Updates for the 2010 edition include new recommendations for sodium intake, which is 1,500mg to 2,300mg depending on age and risk factors. Since the average adult consumes about 3,400mg per day, the new recommendations are going to be a wake up call for many.

The new Guidelines also dispense some diet advice. While the USDA recognizes that Americans consume too much saturated fat and not enough unsaturated fat, they urge dieters to focus less on macronutrient portions and more on number of calories consumed. Everyone should reduce consumption of refined grains and sugar while trying to eat more fruits, vegetables, seafood, nuts and seeds.

True Strength Moment: It's true that the biggest factor in losing or maintaining weight is calories consumed versus calories burned. But these guidelines are meant for the average Jane and Joe. Active individuals like you should take nutrient know-how to the next level as a means of fueling intense training and competition. Use these recommendations as a framework to build from.
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