Nestlé Waters North America endorses the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), released January 7, 2016, which provide scientifically-supported recommendations for a healthful diet to reduce obesity and lower the risk of disease.
The guidelines are produced for public health professionals, based on the most up-to-date information about nutrition science and the eating and drinking habits of Americans. In particular, Nestlé Waters supports the DGA's assessment that beverages should be selected based on the calories they contain and the nutrients they provide. Water, which has no calories, should be one of the primary beverages consumed, along with drinks like fat-free and low-fat milk and 100% juice, which contribute beneficial nutrients. The guidelines advise following a healthy eating – and drinking – pattern at all stages of life, with a focus on a variety of nutrient-dense foods; limited calories from added sugars and saturated fats; and reduced sodium intake.
According to the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2007-2010), beverages account for 47% of added sugars consumed by Americans; one can of cola soda, for example, contains 35 grams of sugar. However, the DGA recommends that less than 10% of calories consumed per day come from added sugars. The healthy choice is to drink water, whether tap, bottled, filtered, still or sparkling, which provides the benefits of hydration with no calories or sweeteners. By drinking water instead of a single 12-ounce, 140-calorie sugar-sweetened beverage each day for a year, we can cut about 50,000 calories from our diet. More and more, Americans are recognizing the important of healthy hydration, and are choosing to drink water instead of carbonated soft drinks.
"The release of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans confirms that water is a critical component of a healthy diet," observed Cheryl Dreyer, RDN, CDN Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager for Nestlé Waters North America. "Drinking water is essential to the health and well-being of families. Bottled water gives easy access to water wherever and whenever people want it, providing a great alternative to sugary drinks as part of a healthy lifestyle." Nestlé Waters provides detailed statistics about the benefits of water, and recommendations for drinking water as an effective part of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.
Discover more about hydration in Nestlé Waters' Healthy Hydration Toolkit.