"a disconnect exists between dietary recommendations and what Americans actually consume. On average, Americans of all ages consume too few vegetables, fruits, high-fiber whole grains, low-fat milk and milk products, and seafood and they eat too much added sugars, solid fats, refined grains and sodium."
The report also takes aim at the growing obesity problem in the United States.
efforts should be made to "reduce the incidence and prevalence of overweight and obesity of the US population by reducing overall calorie intake and increasing physical activity."
Other goals suggested in the report include:
* Shift food intake patterns to a more plant-based diet that emphasizes vegetables, cooked dry beans and peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. In addition, increase the intake of seafood and fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products and consume only moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry and eggs.
* Significantly reduce intake of foods containing added sugars and solid fats because these dietary components contribute excess calories and few, if any, nutrients. In addition, reduce sodium intake and lower intake of refined grains, especially refined grains that are coupled with added sugar, solid fat and sodium.
* Meet the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
"We look forward to receiving comments from the public that will help USDA and HHS translate these recommendations into meaningful policies and messages for the American people," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a joint statement.
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