dietary guidelines for americans
Alcohol -- to our disappointment -- isn't a health food. It has risks and many calories. It's also a wonderful, deeply cultural food that can be enjoyed without over excessive risk.
Nutritionists are unhappy with the government's latest diet advice -- but do the guidelines even matter?
The National Academy of Medicine will put together a panel of experts, who perhaps will understand that we need more of the right sort of science--the science of public health rather than biochemical/mechanistic/nutrition--to answer the real question: do we know that issuing these guidelines does more good than harm? If the answer to this question is "No," as I think it is, here's hoping the 2015-2020 version will be the last such set of guidelines issued.
Since about half of all American adults -- 117 million -- have one or more preventable chronic diseases, eating to meet the recommendations set forward in the new dietary guidelines is a good place to start for better health.
Motivated by what is now a health and environmental crisis, authors, scientists, filmmakers, progressive school chancellors, the White House, consumer groups, entrepreneurs and others have inspired a food movement that now pervades every corner of society.
The national school meal nutrition standards help ensures kids eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. And kids are doing just that -- a Harvard University study found fruit consumption increased 23 percent, and vegetable consumption increased 16 percent after the new nutrition standards were implemented in 2012.
Placing industry concerns above children's health, this Congress is undermining the 2010 bi-partisan Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act by proposing to roll back updated standards for the nutritional content of school meals.
Never before have the dietary guidelines garnered so much public attention, and for good reason.
Sustainable dietary guidelines are not a new idea -- Drs. Joan Gussow and Kate Clancy, two food systems experts, first argued for them in a seminal 1986 article in Journal of Nutrition Education.
The 2010 dietary guidelines represented the government's first major attempt to tackle these issues. Most significantly, the
Are you familiar with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans? You may not be unless you work in public health or nutrition. What about MyPlate? Ring any [dinner] bells for you? If that still doesn't help, you are not alone.
Essentially, the experience made me neurotic and anxious about food (one of my great pleasures!) without making me especially healthy.
A quarter of Americans eat dinner out at least three nights a week, so for the USDA to systematically ignore this facet of the American eating system is risky.
I tried incorporating two new normal life things into my MyPlate Experiment: restaurants and cooking for a group. They each presented minor challenges, but not as many as I might have suspected.
I'm only 24 hours into my mission to eat exactly according to the federal government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and I can already tell it's going to be a hard week.