Healthy Tips from the
new Dietary Guidelines
Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publish a new edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help promote healthy eating habits, with the most recent guidelines being released at the end of 2010.
Eating well doesn’t have to be confusing. Use the dietary guideline-based tips below to make simple changes in your diet and to get the most from your meals.
TIP #1 Eat good while eating less.
Keep enjoying the great food you love, but make an effort to cut back on calories by eating less. Instead of grabbing another helping, enjoy the leftovers tomorrow.
TIP #2 Cook with colors.
Add some color to your plate and some essential vitamins and minerals to your diet – make sure half your plate consists of fruits and vegetables.
TIP #3 Drink water, not sugar.
Looking for an easy way to cut back on calories? Put down those sugary drinks and make water your go-to beverage.
TIP #4 Just say no to oversized portions.
Go big on taste and small on calories. Help manage your weight and your diet by eating smaller portions of your favorite foods.
TIP #5 Got (low-fat) milk?
Easily cut down on fat by switching to low-fat (1%) or fat-free milk.
TIP #6 Sodium is so last year.
Having trouble cutting back on sodium? When deciding between similar foods like bread, soups and frozen meals, choose the ones with less sodium.
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