It’s been five years since the last federal dietary guidelines were revised, and it will be five more before they get another renovation. Today, the government released the new dietary guidelines for Americans, with special consideration going to the Obama administration’s push towards nutrition education.
But as the Washington Post showed us, there are few recommendations in the newest guidelines that are really telling us anything new. Here are six of the new recommendations:
• In general, avoid “oversized” portions.
• Drink water instead of beverages containing sugar.
• Eat more fruits and vegetables. A good rule of thumb is that half the food on your plate should be fruits and vegetables.
• Consume less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol each day.
• Alcohol should be consumed only in moderation, which means up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.
• Consume more fat-free or low-fat dairy products, such as low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese.
Share with us your thoughts on the new federal dietary guidelines. Is this a step in the right direction for America? Are these suggestions aggressive enough, or perhaps too demanding? How will this affect you?