The American Dietetic Association has just released its annual report on dietetic education, with the first in-depth look at how Americans eat.
And the report says we should all take the first step toward a healthier diet by eating less junk food and eating more fruits and vegetables.
Here are five tips to make sure you’re eating better, as well as tips on how to reduce your sugar and fat intake.
The report was produced by the American Dietetics Association (ADA), which has more than 1.2 million members nationwide.
“While we do not expect the ADA to be the final arbiter of food intake, we believe it is important for dietitians to understand the scientific evidence surrounding the optimal diet for the individual,” the ADA said in a press release.
“We hope the information provided in this report will help dietitian educators, consumers, and policymakers understand the importance of healthy eating and how to implement it effectively.
This information can help us all make informed decisions about how we eat and what foods we should be eating.”
Here are the five tips from the ADA: 1.
Keep fruits and veggies on the table.
Eating fewer calories and more fiber in your diet means you’re getting more nutrients.
And eating fewer calories means less fat, which can be good for your heart and weight.2.
Choose fruits and vegetable products that are high in antioxidants.3.
Limit processed foods and sugar.
Avoid refined sugar and artificially sweetened drinks, and you’ll get a better bang for your buck.4.
Eat a variety of fruits and veg.
There’s no such thing as a “natural” fruit or vegetable, and the ADA says the variety will help you control your sugar, fat and sodium intake.5.
Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
The ADA says whole grains are good for you because they’re low in fat, sodium, cholesterol and trans fat.
And the ADA advises that you don’t eat more than 2,000 calories a day.