WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2011 — Agriculture Secretary TomVilsack and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius today announced the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government's evidence-based nutritional guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.
Because more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, the 7th edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans places stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity.
“The 2010 Dietary Guidelines are being released at a time when the majority of adults and one in three children is overweight or obese and this is a crisis that we can no longer ignore,” said Secretary Vilsack. “These new and improved dietary recommendations give individuals the information to make thoughtful choices of healthier foods in the right portions and to complement those choices with physical activity. The bottom line is that most Americans need to trim our waistlines to reduce the risk of developing diet-related chronic disease. Improving our eating habits is not only good for every individual and family, but also for our country.”
The new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans focus on balancing calories with physical activity, and encourage Americans to consume more healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood, and to consume less sodium, saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and refined grains. Blah, blah, blah
Read NYT here.
We have been told by doctors and the government to build our diet around grains, now there is more focus on vegetables and fruit. "Don't eat too much" will never work for a strategy as long as grains remain prominent on the plate and protein and quality fats are off limits.
The American Diabetes Association gives similar "eat less" advice on their website:
"The biggest dietary risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes is simply eating too much and being overweight. Your body doesn't care if the extra food comes from cookies or beef, it is gaining weight that is the culprit."
Wow. They think cookies = beef. Sad.
A great meal to the government would be a bowl of cereal with skim milk, a banana and a glass of orange juice. Do the realize that all of these foods quickly turn into sugar in your bloodstream.
Guess how much sugar? 31 tsp of sugar!
1.5 cups cereal 60 grams carb (15 tsp sugar)
1 c skim milk 12 g carb (3 tsp sugar)
1 banana 24 g carbs (6 tsp sugar)
8 oz OJ 28 g carb (7 tsp sugar).
I would rather see the advice be to eat animal protein three times a day with healthy fat from butter, raw coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, seeds, olives and avocados, some vegetables and fruit and reduce the grains and starchy foods.
We don't get fat because we overeat. Gary Taubes article explains.