Friday, January 8, 2016

USDA Releases New Dietary Guidelines: The Good, Bad & Clueless

Yesterday, the government released the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

Every 5 years, the 
HHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) publish the Dietary Guidelines recommended for the American public, based up on the latest scientific evidence on food, nutrition, and overall health.

Here are the TOP 10 Things you need to know about the New Dietary Guidelines. 

While I can't say I agree with the overall approach to the American Dietary Guidelines over the years, I AM impressed with their more evolved approach as of late.

One of the TOP 10 Things states: 
"Most Americans can benefit from making small shifts in their daily eating habits to improve their health over the long run." YES!! I'm a big believer in making small shifts {baby steps...} toward a healthier lifestyle and have found that this approach works best for my clients (myself included).

The replacement of the MyPyramid with MyPlate in 2010, was an improvement because it simplified the overly complicated pyramid model and created a more relatable plate model. 

However, the dietary recommendations are not all the bees knees... 

Pull back the curtains and you will see that the deliberation over these guidelines is not all black and white. Lobbyists from major food producers (red meat, corn, milk etc.) are pulling the puppet strings in their favor to influence their continued domination of food politics. And they're NOT all in the everyday Americans best interest. 

We know that excessive consumption of red meat contributes to CANCER. So why can't the USDA simply say "Eat less red meat?!" 

When President Lincoln created the USDA in 1862, he called it "The People's Department." Although it's not the case anymore, Michael Moss,(SALT, SUGAR, FAT - #1 NYT Best-Seller & Pulitzer Prize Winner), astutely noted.

Food for thought...
Blissfully Yours,