March marks National Nutrition Month and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to learn how to "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right" while still following a healthy eating pattern.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting the amounts of added sugar, sodium and saturated fats that you eat. The guidelines state that the majority of Americans follow a diet that is too high in these components.
The latest Dietary Guidelines recommend consuming less than 10 percent of your calories per day from added sugars. Choose foods and beverages with no added sugar whenever possible. Other ideas to reduce sugar include:
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend consuming fewer than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. Most sodium consumed in the United States comes from salts added during commercial food processing and preparation, because sodium is found in so many foods, careful choices are needed to reduce your sodium intake.
Sodium reduction can include:
Today’s Dietary Guidelines recommend reducing saturated fat intake to less than 10 percent of calories per day. It's important to understand the different types of fats, and reduce your intake of saturated fats by replacing them with unsaturated fats.
Reduce saturated fats with these tips:
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