Every five years the U.S. government updates its dietary recommendations, taking into account new research on nutrition, health and eating patterns. The federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 released in early January supported what the dairy industry had hoped for: dairy foods are critical for a healthy diet. Americans will continue to benefit from three servings of low-fat and fat-free dairy every day.
The recommendations for healthy eating also include choosing a variety of vegetables and protein foods including lean meats, poultry, eggs, nut seeds and soy product and oils. We should select mainly whole fruits instead of juice, and get at least half of our grains from whole grains. There are limits that no more than 10% of calories should come from saturated fat or added sugars, and intake of sodium should be less than 2,300 milligrams per day.