10 Things You Need to Know About the 2015 Dietary Guidelines
Canned foods offer many benefits, including nutrition, convenience, affordability, year-round availability and sustainability. It’s not surprising that 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans include recommendations for a higher intake of all forms of fruits, vegetables, seafood and legumes, including canned varieties.
Here are the key insights from the guidelines that we think are most important.
- All forms: All forms of foods, including fresh, canned, dried and frozen, can be included in healthy eating patterns.
- Healthy diet: Many recommendations stay the same, including more fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains and a variety of protein foods (including lean meat, eggs and seafood), and less salt, saturated fats and trans fats.
- New dietary patterns: Healthy eating patterns were expanded to include Mediterranean and Vegetarian dietary patterns.
- Gradual changes: Instead of specific nutrients to eliminate or include, the Guidelines focus on “shifts” to emphasize the need to make healthy substitutions rather than increasing intake overall.
- Added sugar: For the first time, Americans are advised to limit sugar to no more than 10 percent of daily calories. Many canned food varieties are made with no added sugar.
- Cholesterol: Dietary cholesterol is no longer on the list of nutrients to watch, but saturated fat is still a nutrient to limit.
- Meat: Lean meats are recommended as part of a healthy eating pattern.
- Caffeine and alcohol: Both appear to be safe in limited amounts.
- Sustainability: Recommendations of the advisory committee regarding sustainability were not included.
- MyPlate: The familiar MyPlate graphic remains, but with a new slogan: “My Wins.” Check out the updated website.
Get more information on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans or read through the official Canned Food Alliance press release.