How should Americans eat in the next 5 years?

The USDA is issuing new dietary guidelines for the next 5 years. A significant difference is the first-ever list of nutritional standards for young children.

Quarantining at home during the coronavirus pandemic has certainly impacted our overall mental and physical health. If you’re hoping to regain your health, it’s worth building on the new nutritional guidelines issued by the US Food and Drug Administration and the USDA.

A committee of dozens of the nation’s top nutritionists and scientists has studied the general health of Americans and developed nutritional guidelines that will apply in the coming years. The first significant innovation is the complete limitation of added sugar for children under 2 years of age. Also, all Americans, regardless of age, are ordered to eat more vegetables and less meat.

The general rules for a healthy diet are to cut calories because 70% of US residents are overweight or obese. The norms also prescribe a more varied meal plan based on vegetables, fruits, legumes, and low-fat foods. Everyone is also instructed to cut out the sweet and saturated fats in processed meats.

Experts recommend that American adults consume less than 10 percent of their daily calories from added sugars and less than 10 percent of their daily calories from saturated fat. They also advise adults to consume less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day (equivalent to one teaspoon of salt). Alcohol is allowed up to one drink per day for women and up to two for men.