The new USDA dietary guidelines are finally here. I like mine more.

We’ve been leading up to this forever. No surprises for anyone who has been reading my many pieces on nutrition in the last year or two. Here are the Key recommendations:

Consume a healthy eating pattern that accounts for all foods and beverages within an appropriate calorie level.

A healthy eating pattern includes:

  • A variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups—dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy, and other
  • Fruits, especially whole fruits
  • Grains, at least half of which are whole grains
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages
  • A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products
  • Oils

A healthy eating pattern limits…

  • Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars
  • Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fats
  • Consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day of sodium
  • If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation—up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men—and only by adults of legal drinking age.

They also add:

  • Meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

This is the kind of thing that everyone will find some aspect to hate. They still don’t limit carbs (which many will scream about). They still attack saturated fats (which many will scream about) and red meat. Some will think the sodium restrictions are still too much; others will hyperventilate about them not being stringent enough. The milk emperor gets his tribute.

On the other hand, cholesterol gets fixed. Coffee gets more science based. Alcohol does, too.

I’m biased, but I still like my recommendations more.


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