10 Things You Need to Know About the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

2015 Dietary Guidelines

Canned foods offer many benefits, including nutrition, convenience, affordability, year-round availability and sustainability. It’s not surprising that 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans include recommendations for a higher intake of all forms of fruits, vegetables, seafood and legumes, including canned varieties.

Here are the key insights from the guidelines that we think are most important.

  1. All forms: All forms of foods, including fresh, canned, dried and frozen, can be included in healthy eating patterns.
  2. Healthy diet: Many recommendations stay the same, including more fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains and a variety of protein foods (including lean meat, eggs and seafood), and less salt, saturated fats and trans fats.
  3. New dietary patterns: Healthy eating patterns were expanded to include Mediterranean and Vegetarian dietary patterns.
  4. Gradual changes: Instead of specific nutrients to eliminate or include, the Guidelines focus on “shifts” to emphasize the need to make healthy substitutions rather than increasing intake overall.
  5. Added sugar: For the first time, Americans are advised to limit sugar to no more than 10 percent of daily calories. Many canned food varieties are made with no added sugar. 
  6. Cholesterol: Dietary cholesterol is no longer on the list of nutrients to watch, but saturated fat is still a nutrient to limit.
  7. Meat: Lean meats are recommended as part of a healthy eating pattern.
  8. Caffeine and alcohol: Both appear to be safe in limited amounts.
  9. Sustainability: Recommendations of the advisory committee regarding sustainability were not included.
  10. MyPlate: The familiar MyPlate graphic remains, but with a new slogan: “My Wins.” Check out the updated website.

Get more information on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans or read through the official Canned Food Alliance press release.