Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday Food for Thought: What Do You Think of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines?

Have you seen the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report recently released by the USDA?  These guidelines affect all government nutrition programs- school lunch requirements, Meals on Wheels, the Food Pyramid, food subsidies, and so on.  While I admittedly only read the Executive Summary and Appendix E-1: Major Conclusions, there were quite a few things that I liked about them.
  • recommendations on how individuals can apply the findings in their daily habits
    • more nutrient-dense foods as a opposed to energy-dense foods
    • eat fewer processed foods
    • limit TV time and be more active
    • cook and eat at home more often
  • expanding the findings from the individual impacts to environmental and societal considerations
    • access to healthy food
    • TV and other media
    • the food service industry
There's a greater emphasis on general health, not just nutrition, and a more direct tone on the obesity epidemic.  The guidelines aren't perfect, but I think they're moving in the right direction.

What do you think of the new dietary guidelines?

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