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USDA Proposes New Dietary Guidelines For 2010

USDA Proposes New Dietary Guidelines to End Obesity

The new dietary guidelines proposed by the Department of Agriculture seem a lot like Michael Pollan's mantra: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." The proposed guidelines — which are updated every five years — seem to take aim at America's obesity crisis. Current figures indicate that one-third of all Americans are obese, with even more individuals being considered overweight.

The proposed guidelines emphasize the importance of a healthy diet, suggesting a reduction of sodium intake from 2,300 milligrams to 1,500 milligrams per day and also an increase in the amount of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts, and legumes we eat. A small amount of lean meats, poultry, and eggs are recommended, as well as seafood and low-fat dairy. What's not recommended are sugary sodas and saturated fats — both of these items were specifically called out as big no-nos on the list. And while the recommendations may not sound too different than what's been put forth in the past, the urgency to get all of America on board is.

But changing the guidelines and getting people to follow them are two different things. The hope is that after a review process, these guidelines will go into effect and start influencing government school lunch programs, food labeling and manufacturing, and other public food programs like Meals on Wheels. Will these new guidelines influence you, or are you already eating this way?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I eat this way already for the most part, but I still think there is too much emphasis placed on grains. The old recommendations called for a lot of grain products and way too much meat and dairy. I think America would be a lot healthier if we consumed a lot more vegetables, but most people are probably not super interested in eating them, which is pretty unfortunate.
noxcatt noxcatt 7 years
i stopped eating meat because i no longer wanted to support animal cruelty but i lost a decent amount of weight..I think if people tried cutting out at least some of the animal products they'd see a drop in weight. Replacing them with healthy substitutes and fruits/vegs. I know i did not nearly eat enough greens before.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 7 years
historically these recommendations were heavily influenced by various lobbying groups tied to the food industry. i doubt they will allow anything calling out certain foods as no-no's to fly. this has led to the vague messages which most people will not take the time to decipher. i think the biggest impact will be those who receive assistance through programs like food stamps, school breakfast/lunch, and wic.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I agree with you Fit, in that having the guidelines and getting people to actually follow them are two different things. I pretty much already eat this way, though I don't heat any meat and very little dairy. And I eat a lot more vegetables. So, the guidelines won't really influence me personally that much.
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