The USDA published its 2010 Dietary Guidelines today. The takeaway: Eat less crap.
Specifically, the guidelines recommend reducing sodium “in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals,” drinking “water instead of sugary drinks,” and curbing consumption of “foods that contained refined grains, especially refined grain foods that contain solid fats, added sugars, and sodium.” Instead, we’re advised to increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins like seafood and beans, and low-fat/fat-free milk products.
Perhaps most importantly, the guidelines urge Americans to “avoid oversized portions” of anything; the bottom line here is to eat less, and eat better.
It would be nice if the guidelines warned people away from specific foods instead of talking around them, i.e., “snack cakes” or “ho-hos” instead of “refined grain foods,” and appealed directly to the processed/fast-foods industry that makes these products so readily available, but in general they provide useful, commonsense advice, particularly given that 34 percent of adults and 20 percent of children aged six to 11 in this country are now obese, and don’t show any signs of getting skinnier.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 31, 2011