Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The New Food Pyramid Unveiled

For more than a year, the US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Health and Human Services have been meeting to formulate the new dietary guidelines which are required by law to be revised every five years.

Despite special interest groups’ involvement in the process, the government has done a great job with the new guidelines. The guidelines include focusing on reducing calories (2/3 of adults and 1/3 of children are overweight or obese) and eating fewer processed foods.

The confusing food pyramid has been replaced with a simple plate with a new look. Half of the plate is filled with vegetables and fruit, ¼ of the plate is filled with grains, and ¼ filled with protein.

Vegetables and fruits can be fresh, cooked, whole, frozen, pureed, or canned. Grains should be whole grains. Stay away from products and bread make with white flour. Try brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and whole wheat bread instead. And don’t forget the low-fat, low cost, healthier sources of protein including beans and legumes.

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1 comment:

  1. Great Post! I'm glad to see you clarifying this new pyramid. We could use lots of education in all areas. Thanks for sharing.


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