The government released it’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans yesterday. They release guidelines every five years and it’s “based on a rigorous review of the scientific evidence through a transparent, unbiased process.”
To help people make sense of it all, there’s a website set up to help you plan meals, track your food intake and activity levels, and provides calorie comparisons for food … to name just a few of the offerings. It’s worth checking out.
A quick glance shows nothing groundbreaking, but offers sound advice in three areas:
1. Balancing Calories
– Enjoy your food, but eat less
– Avoid oversized portions
2. Food to increase
– Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
– Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
3. Foods to reduce
– Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers
– Drink water instead of sugary drinks
In addition to cutting back on sodium and sugar, they suggest adding more fish and seafood into your diet. They also recommend increasing your physical actively level while reducing the time spend in a sedentary position.
All good, sound advice in my opinion (though I think the milk guideline is debatable … but that’s another post).
Time.com blogger Alice Park said “The revisions may not cause a stampede for the produce aisle at the local market, but they’re a much-needed step forward in curbing the obesity epidemic, not just among adults, but among children as well.”
What’s your take on the government issuing guidelines? Hate being told what to eat or do you that the healthy message is getting out there?