New dietary guidelines suggested by the Obama administration explain that many changes need to be made in the American diet. In the guidelines, it is suggested that Americans eat less calories each day, lower quantities of salt, and consume more fruits and vegetables overall.
Additional suggestions include eating more whole grains, eating less fatty foods, and to drink more water instead of sugar-loaded drinks like soft drinks and sports drinks.
Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, made a bold statement as he explained that Americans are just too fat.
The statement, while considered bold by many, holds significant ‘weight’ as nearly 70 percent of adults are overweight or obese in the United States. On top of that, about 35 percent of children are overweight or obese as well.
Providing individuals with the right information to make proper choices has been part of the problem for the past 10 to 20 years. Including recommendations and suggestions should help this growing obesity problem in the United States, experts believe.
Many believe manufacturers are at least partially to blame, as the distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ nutrients is not very clear. Due to that, many will start releasing new food labels, called ‘Nutrition Keys’, on packages this year.