What are the nutrition limits in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans?

Dr. Andrea Pennington, MD
Integrative Medicine
The updated edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans sets the following daily limits or targets:
  • Fat intake: 20% to 35% of total calories
  • Saturated fat: less than 10% of total calories; mono- and polyunsaturated fats may be substituted for solid (animal-derived) fats
  • Trans-fats: less than 1% of calories
  • Cholesterol: less than 300 milligrams (mg)
  • Fiber: 14 grams per 1,000 calories
  • Potassium: 4,700 mg
  • Sodium: less than 1,500 mg for all African Americans and anyone with hypertension, diabetes and chronic kidney disease (including children), as well as persons older than 50; everyone else is advised to consume under 2,300 mg of sodium a day
  • Fruits and vegetables: at least 2.5 cups
  • Refined grains: less than 3 ounces

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