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Get Ready for the New Dietary Guidelines!

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are getting an update in 2015. The guidelines, which are revised every five years, encourage Americans to choose a healthful diet to maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease, according to

The 2015 dietary guidelines will recommend a shift to a plant-based diet that focuses on whole foods. The guidelines found that sustainable diets higher in plant-based foods, such as “vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in calories and animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with less environmental impact than the current U.S. diet.”

Another notable recommendation includes changing food labels so they are easier to read, with larger and bolder fonts and a bigger emphasis on servings and calories. Additionally, food manufacturers will be required to print the amount of added sugars on food labels.

The report is available now, and the public is encouraged to submit written comments on the report by midnight on Friday, May 8. To submit or view comments, click here.

See all the proposed changes to Nutrition Facts Labels here.

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