Seafood Consumption Advocated in Updated Dietary Guidelines

Courtesy of NAA:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Department of Human and Human Services released today the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that provide updated nutritional guidelines that encourage Americans to adopt a series of science-based recommendations to improve how they eat to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

The new Guidelines reiterate the recommendations that people should consume about 8 ounces per week of a variety of seafood, which provide an average consumption of 250 mg per day of polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), that are associated with reduced cardiac deaths among individuals with and without preexisting cardiovascular disease. Similarly, consumption by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding of at least 8 to 12 ounces per week from a variety of seafood choices that are sources of DHA is associated with improved infant health outcomes.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the nation’s trusted resource for evidence-based nutrition recommendations and serves to provide the general public, as well as policy makers and health professionals with the information they need to help the public make informed choices about their diets at home, school, work and in their communities.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is available at