Since March is National Nutrition Month, we thought it would be the perfect time to take a quick look at the new 2016 dietary guidelines released by the government. What do the new guidelines look like at a glance?
1. Follow a healthy eating pattern across a lifespan. (No quick fixes here)
2. Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount. (Eat the rainbow)
3. Limit calories from added
sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake. (Limit added sugar to 10% of daily diet)
4. Shift to healthier meal and beverage choices. (Savor the flavor of simplicity)
5. Support healthy eating patters for all. (We are all stronger as a community)
One recommendation that stands out to us, and one that we like to see, is the recommendation to limit the amount of added sugar in ones diet. Naturally occurring sugars found in real food like fruit and milk, are very different from the added sugars found in most processed foods. Thunderbird bars contain no added sugars of any kind and derive their sweetness from dates, apricots, and other dried fruits.
1 teaspoon of sugar = 4 grams of sugar
Some estimate that Americans consume up to 30 teaspoons (120 grams) of sugar a day!
While not everyone may agree with the new guidelines, it's a start. Our advice: keep it simple, eat real food, and don't be too hard on yourself!
For more information on the 2016 guidelines and to learn more about this years theme of "savor the flavor of eating right," check out health.gov/dietaryguidelines