08 Feb 11 New US Dietary Guidelines released
On January 31, 2011, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released by US Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. The US federal government has been diligently working on “key recommendations” designed to shape the nation’s diet — a challenge it embraces but every five years.
Two public health agencies have been busy poring over the most updated nutritional science. They’ve torn up the sacred food pyramid of old and, lo and behold, they’ve now come up with the latest, most informative dietary guidelines they could muster. The new recommendations are: Eat smaller portions. Cut way back on salt. Bulk up on fruits and veggies. Drop the sugary drinks. Exercise. Keep filling that water glass. And read those nutrition labels.
LA Times. Read more
The new guidelines take aim at confronting obesity as well as helping “Americans make healthier food choices.”
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans include 23 Key Recommendations for the general population and six additional Key Recommendations for specific population groups, such as women who are pregnant. The recommendations are intended as an integrated set of advice to achieve an overall healthy eating pattern.
More consumer-friendly advice and tools, including a next generation Food Pyramid, will be released by USDA and HHS in the coming months. Below is a preview of some of the tips that will be provided to help consumers translate the Dietary Guidelines into their everyday lives:
- Enjoy your food, but eat less.
- Avoid oversized portions.
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
- Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines is available at www.dietaryguidelines.gov.
You can read these reports from FoodNavigator-USA:
‘Eat less’: A difficult message for industry: The new dietary guidelines give the food industry the clearest map yet of what is necessary for a healthy diet – but no one is fooled by assertions that industry is already in line.
2010 Dietary Guidelines: Opportunity for continued industry innovation: In this guest article, Melissa Musiker of the Grocery Manufacturers Association says that the 2010 Dietary Guidelines are an opportunity for industry to find better ways to innovate, as part of a collective responsibility to improve American diets.
How the 2010 guidelines affect food technologists: The 2010 Dietary Guidelines’ new focus on reducing energy intake will present major reformulation challenges for food technologists, says the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) president-elect.
Politics too influential in new Dietary Guidelines, says nutrition expert [that would be me]: The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans are still too heavily influenced by political interests – but the initial consumer messaging was ‘fantastic’, according to nutrition and public policy expert Marion Nestle.
‘Total diet’ in the 2010 Dietary Guideline: The latest version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans includes a new focus on the importance of total diet. FoodNavigator-USA spoke to Cynthia Harriman of Oldways to get the perspective of the organization behind the Mediterranean diet pyramid.
USDA releases 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has updated the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for the first time since 2005, with a number of small changes that could make a big difference for the food industry.
Industry welcomes USDA Dietary Guidelines supplements shift: The US dietary supplements industry has welcomed the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans which demonstrated a thawing in attitude toward supplements use from a Guidelines committee that has previously balked at recommending them.