Read the Government’s New Dietary Advice for Americans

Time-Magazine-logoBy: Alexandra Sifferlin, Time

The highly anticipated recommendations for how Americans should eat have arrived

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which offer advice on healthy eating while also influencing countless federal nutrition and food programs, were released on Thursday.

The new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines come highly anticipated and are poised to be controversial. During the open-comment period, an unprecedented number of remarks were registered with the federal government, and experts in the fields of human health and nutrition are expected to have varying reactions to the new recommendations.

Overall, the 2015 Guidelines advise Americans to follow an eating pattern that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, grains (at least half of which should be whole), a variety of proteins (including lean meats, seafood, nuts), and oils. Americans will be familiar with the majority of our findings, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in call with reporters. The recommendations are jointly released every five years by the HHS and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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