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The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services last week released the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

One main takeaway: Eat more vegetables & fruits. Lean to becoming a vegetarian in your diet.

Five overarching guidelines include:

  • follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan,
  • focus on a variety, nutrient-dense foods and amount,
  • limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats to no more than 10% of total calories and sodium to no more than 2,300 milligrams per day,
  • choose healthy foods and beverages and
  • support healthy eating patterns for all.

The guidelines recommend that less than 10% of daily calories come from saturated fat and call out meat, processed meat and meat dishes as major sources of saturated fat.

The guidelines also note that people aren’t getting enough potassium, calcium, vitamin D, iron and dietary fiber.

See how non-compliant we are in consuming veggies and fruits.

Source: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/

Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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