Mar 23, 2016

Does Your LTC Facility Meet the New Dietary Guidelines?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Resources have released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Major changes include a renewed focus on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables as well as suggested reductions in sugar intake. The report also analyzes two new “healthy eating” patterns: Mediterranean and Vegetarian. Today we’ll run through the latest dietary recommendations and explain how Caretech Group can help your long-term care facility put them into practice with procurement, supply chain management, and consultation from industry experts.

Recommended Increases

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans report identifies several food groups that are currently being under-consumed by Americans. They include:

  • Vegetables from all subgroups : red orange, dark green, legumes, and starchy
  • Whole fruits
  • Grains, with at least 50% being whole grain
  • Low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese, and yogurt
  • Protein foods including lean meats and poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, and seeds

Recommended Decreases

  • Added sugars should make up less than 10 percent of calories consumed per day
  • Saturated fats should make up less than 10 percent of calories consumed per day
  • It is recommended that no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) be consumed per day

Healthy Eating Patterns

“Eating Patterns” vary depending on age, region, and culture. The Department of Health and Human Resources has identified Healthy Eating Patterns for many different dietary requirements. The latest report identified two eating patterns that differ greatly from the typical American diet: the Healthy Mediterranean-Style Pattern and the Healthy Vegetarian Pattern.

The Mediterranean pattern contains more fruits and seafood and few saturated fats than the typical American diet. It also includes higher levels of olive oil than butter or corn oil. The Healthy Vegetarian Pattern is particularly heavy in legumes, seeds, nuts, soy products like tofu, and whole grains.

Dietary Services from Caretech Group

Caretech Group offers dietary services as part of a complete materials management solution for long-term care facilities. Caretech Group and Prime Source GPO deliver instant savings and supply chain support so you can meet your facility’s dietary requirements without breaking your budget. For more information on our capabilities and our services, please visit our homepage or contact us today.