- Kenny Lin, MD, MPH
Still feeling the aftereffects of Thanksgiving dinner? You're hardly alone. As the days get shorter and people look forward to holiday celebrations, three recent dietary and nutrition guidelines provide practical advice for physicians and patients.
The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, summarized in Practice Guidelines in the November issue of AFP, are the latest iteration of a scientific collaboration between the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services dating back to 1980. The current report provides guidance for healthy eating across a person's lifespan, emphasizing dietary patterns with nutrient-dense foods and beverages:At least one-half of food eaten should be fruits and vegetables, especially whole fruits and vegetables of a variety of colors. The core elements of the other half of food that should be eaten include grains, dairy, protein, and oils with lower saturated fat. At least one-half of grain servings should be whole grains. Minimize alcohol use and consumption of foods with added sugar, saturated fat, and sodium.