Are Americans meeting their dietary guidelines?

The American Dietary Guidelines for 2015-2020 were released last week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released research looking at the most recent nutrition surveys available to determine what extent the guidelines have been adhered to in recent years.

19,000 people were surveyed from 2007-2010 and the key findings are:

  • 87% of Americans consume less than the recommended 2½ cups of vegetables per day, consumption is lowest in children and teenagers
  • 86% of Americans consume less than the recommended 3 cups of dairy per day
  • 75% of Americans consume less than the recommended 2 cups of fruits per day, about ⅓ of the fruit consumed in the U.S. comes from fruit juice
  • 42% of Americans consume less than the recommended 5½ oz of proteins per day
  • 89% of Americans consume more than the recommended limit of 2,300 mg of sodium per day
  • 71% of Americans consume more than the recommended limit of 200 calories of saturated fat per day
  • 70% of Americans consume more than the recommended limit of 200 calories of added sugars per day

 

Posted: 14/01/2016 09:44:09 by Laura Keaver


 

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