“A national embarrassment . . . a betrayal of the diligent work of nutrition scientists, and a willful sacrifice of public health on the altar of profit for well-organized special interests.”
That’s just one of the responses to the 2015-2020 diet rules for Americans. The guidelines are put into five main areas.
- Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan. Eating patterns are the combination of foods and drinks that a person eats over time.
- Focus on variety, nutrient-dense foods, and amount.
- Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats, and reduce sodium intake.
- Shift to healthier food and beverage choices.
- Support healthy eating patterns for all.
These dietary rules are said to be based on scientific fact, but other food scientists are countering that by saying they are too vague or that they don’t make sense. The guidelines also state that less than 10% of your daily intake of calories should come from added sugars and 10% should come from saturated fats.
It is said that the average American should consume:
- A variety of vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy and other vegetables.
- Fruits, especially whole fruits.
- Grains, at least half of which are whole grains.
- Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages.
- A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), soy products, and nuts and seeds.
- Oils, including those from plants: canola, corn, olive, peanut, safflower, soybean, and sunflower. Oils also are naturally present in nuts, seeds, seafood, olives, and avocados.
That is a basic idea of the new American dietary guidelines. Click here for a link to the guidelines in full. Comment what you think the new guidelines are: too vague, or just right?
By: Thomas K.
Edited by: Rohan K.