Today, the USDA and HHS announced the release of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).
These guidelines are designed to encourage Americans to follow a lifetime of healthy eating in order to prevent chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes. The 2015 DGA recommend a shift towards healthy eating patterns, which include a variety of protein foods including more seafood. The general population should eat at least 8 ounces of seafood per week with the aim to take in at least 250 mg per day of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should eat at least 8 ounces of seafood per week for omega-3 fatty acid DHA to improve infant health outcomes.
Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is very encouraged by the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Currently only 1 in 10 Americans follow the DGA to eat seafood at least twice a week and we are hopeful that the 2015 DGA will support health and nutrition professionals to guide Americans on how to incorporate more seafood into their diets. As a strategic communications partner of the USDA MyPlate initiative we are excited to share the updated dietary guidelines through our public health education campaign.
2015 DGA Highlights for Seafood
Key Recommendations: A Healthy Eating Patterns includes: A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products
Seafood, which includes fish and shellfish, received particular attention in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines because of evidence of health benefits for the general populations as well as for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. For the general population, consumption of about 8 ounces per week of a variety of seafood, which provide an average consumption of 250 mg per day of EPA and DHA, is associated with reduced cardiac deaths among individuals with and without preexisting CVD. Similarly, consumption by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding of at least 8 ounces per week from seafood choices that are sources of DHA is associated with improved infant health outcomes.
The recommendation to consume 8 or more ounces per week (less for young children) of seafood is for the total package of nutrients that seafood provides, including its EPA and DHA content. Some seafood choices with higher amounts of EPA and DHA should be included.
Top Sources for Vitamin D: Seafood
Link To Full Guidelines
2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
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