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Understanding The Revised 2010 Dietary Guidelines

Tuesday, March 08, 2011
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Food and food components - To reduce.

  • Sodium: To consume <2300 mg from the current 3400 mg and further to <1500mg for individuals age 51 and older, any age for Afro Americans and those who have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.
  • Saturated fat < 10% of total calories, Cholesterol < 300mg /day.
  • Trans fats, especially those from partially hydrogenated oils and solid fats.
  • Sugar. Reduce intake of sweetened beverages.
  • Refined grains and cereals.
  • Alcohol. Consumption should be limited to one drink / day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. An Alcohol drink is defined as 12 fluid ounces of beer, 5 fluid ounces of wine, 1.5 fluid ounces whisky, 1 drink contain 0 .6 fluid ounces of alcohol.

To reduce sodium and fat in diet

  1. Read nutrition labels and make wise decisions
  2. Consume fresh foods and more of home made foods
  3. Request low salt and low fat in dishes while ordering food in restaurants



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27 April, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar The guidelines clearly state that the majority of adults and one in three children are overweight or obese, it is a crisis that authorities can no longer ignore. There have to be checks & balances at every age /stage to ensure that people maintain a healthy weight. The question is are there any spelt out?

09 March, 2011 | Mithramalini Gupto | Reply

Mithramalini Gupto Will this new guidelines affect us Indians too?

09 March, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Hello Mithramalini, Yes The guidelines will apply to us also. Experts in every country are revising their dietary guidelines due to the alarming increase in chronic life style related health problems. However as Ms Mrinal has said its only a matter of time when the new revised Indian Dietary guidelines will also be out, specifically for Indians.
Nevertheless we can start modifying our diets as suggested by the new guidelines and increase our physical activity levels too.

09 March, 2011 | Mrinal Jhangiani | Reply

Mrinal Jhangiani Hi Mithramalini, Most countries have been revising their guidelines as a result of the increase in chronic lifestyle diseases. In India, at the National Institute of Nutrition, Dr. Sesikeran and his team have made tremendous strides and are expected to release their much-awaited guidelines within weeks.
The US dietary guidelines provide an excellent framework and are applicable for all at risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, CVD and certain cancers.
Were you referring to any specific guideline?

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