January 31st, 2011
Eat your veggies! And, while youâ€™re at it, quit drinking so much soda.
The governmentâ€™s new dietary guidelines issued today are unequivocal. Americans need to get serious about eating healthier. They need to put more produce on their plates and push out the sugar, saturated fats and sodium that have crept into the American diet in so many ways, via soda, packaged meals and sweet snacks.
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (yes, it’s 2011, in case you’re reading in real time) are more explicit than ever, federal officials said, because the nationâ€™s got big obesity issues.
So instead of just urging us to eat 5 to 7 â€śservingsâ€ť of fruits and vegetables every day, the mantra of the last adjustment in the food pyramid, these new guidelines tell us to drink water instead of â€śsugary drinksâ€ť, switch to 1 percent milk, and fill half of our plates with fruits and vegetables.
But wait! Donâ€™t overfill that plate. Portion size and exercise also are part of the equation.