The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is set to reveal new dietary guidelines on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. EST. The new guidelines will be formally presented by USDA's Secretary Tom Vilsack and Heath and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The new guidelines mark the five year update of recommended dietary requirements. Among the new updates, the USDA is expected to suggest Americans eat less salt (no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day), cut back on trans fats, reduce sugar intake, and limit cholesterol consumption to less than or equal to 300 mg per day.
The most important goal of the USDA's dietary guidelines is to "promote health [and] reduce the risk of chronic disease through nutrition and physical activity" per a statement issued by the federal agency. The re-evaluated dietary guidelines are determined by nutrition professionals, the food industry, scientists, physicians, and policy makers.