Whether it’s from their friends and family, doctors or TV personalities, Americans have numerous outlets from which to receive advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are hoping to make it easier for American consumers to make smart food and beverage choices.
In January, the HHS and USDA released updated nutritional guidelines that encourage Americans to adopt a series of science-based recommendations to improve how they eat and drink in order to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans reflects advancements in scientific understanding about healthy eating choices and health outcomes across a lifetime, according to the departments. The newly released 8th edition recognizes the importance of focusing not on individual nutrients or foods in isolation, but on the variety of what people eat and drink — healthy eating patterns as a whole — to bring about lasting improvements in individual and population health, they add.