The updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans take sugar to task


Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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It is no secret that many chronic diseases are related to a combination of poor diet and physical inactivity. But the rates of those preventable diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, USDA/Health.govcardiovascular disease and obesity, are on the rise.

According to Health.gov, a large body of evidence now shows that healthy eating patterns and regular physical activity can help people achieve and maintain good health and reduce the risk of chronic disease throughout all stages of the lifespan.

Don't clip your life short. The organization has published the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, with its revised recommendations on why and how you and your family should and can consume a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet.

If you ever wonder why HellaWella offers meat-eaters like you recipes that are vegetarian or even vegan, the guidelines show exactly why. A balanced diet includes leafy greens and fruits and vegetables — not just steak and bacon. So we promise there's no nefarious secret agenda to get you to quit meat forever. We just think that taking a page from vegetarians and vegans once in a while will help you incorporate healthier food into your diet — plus, you can bank on it not being boring or bland. It's win-win for everyone.

Before you do a celebratory bacon dance, however, the guidelines do expressly highlight that if meat is going to be the star of your dinner plate, then you best stick with lean cuts. Lean cuts of meat may get "a pass" but the processed stuff still doesn't.

The real villain of the piece, if you will, is sugar. That's not very surprising, and yet we still seem to struggle to cut back on it. Cutting your sugar intake by half may seem like an impossible feat, but stick with us and you'll get there. And your body will thank you.

Let's check out the guidelines:


Put the guidelines into practice: Health.gov makes the following key recommendations to help you follow the five guidelines: