Saturday, September 18, 2010

Thoughtful Eating

The USDA Food Pyramid has always been criticized because it isn't easy to use. In 2010 new Diet Guidelines for Americans is being published. Will this be more successful? We have to wait and see.

The number one nutritional concern in the U.S. today is obesity. And the best way to decrease this serious health risk is through diet. I read an article on the Nourish Network about topics that are included in the new recommendations.

Some of the topics that part of the discussion include:

Plant based diets need to become everyday diets- this means eating more vegetables, fruit, whole grains and nuts.

Two servings of seafood should be consumed each week. Low fat and fat-free milk products are important dietary components.

Decrease consumption of meat, poultry and eggs.

Eat attentively. Carefully consider what you are consuming.

Learn to cook. By preparing food at home, fat, portion sizes and content are within your control. Does this mean "Home Ec" will be back in the schools? It should never have been dropped.

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