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2010 Dietary Guidelines have been released. CC by Unknown/Wikimedia Commons

The newest edition of the Dietary Guidelines from the federal government is now available. The dietary guidelines are published every five years, and include recommendations on what should be cut from and added to the average diet, according to medical and nutritional experts. Most Americans will not take the recommendations to heart.

Dietary guidelines outlined by government

The federal government has just released a new edition of “Dietary Guidelines,” according to ABC. A new edition of guidelines is issued every five years by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. When it comes to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americas, solid fats need to be limited. Also, high dietary fiber fruits and vegetables are suggested while the serving has been changed to two and half cups a day. Sodium intake should be less than 2,300 milligrams a day of sodium, according to the guidelines. The American Heart Association says that about half of Americans are at risk for heart disease. Anyone with this risk should limit sodium intake to 1,500 mg a day.

More fish recommended

The new dietary guidelines also recommend that Americans start eating more fish. USA Today reports people should eat eight ounces of seafood a week, more than twice the previous 3.5 ounces a week. The risk of heart attack and stroke go down with the Omega 3 fatty acids that fish and seafood have. The “French Paradox” or “French Affect” is believed to be due to fish consumption. There is a much lower rate of heart disease in France, where people tend to eat more fish.

American obesity

Health professionals and First Lady Michele Obama are all concerned with the rate of obesity in American adults and children. Many are concerned that the diet and lazy lifestyles in America are part of the problem, especially because life expectancy increase in the U.S. is not on pace with other industrialized countries.

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