Posted on 03/31/2015
You may have heard recently that there are new nutrition guidelines that are about to come about this year. I believe change is good, and I think you’ll agree these changes are long over due!
First of all, what are the U.S. dietary guidelines?
The dietary guidelines are made up by The Dietary Advisory Committee, which consists of a panel of 14 nutrition, public health and medical experts. The group recommends specifics for a healthy lifestyle attained through one’s diet every five years.
The recommendations are put into a report, a rather lengthy report at that – this year’s report tallies 570 pages – and must wait a 45-day period for revisions, prior to finalization. Both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services consider the committee’s recommendations and issue the finalized report once complete.
The main focus is essentially: to increase the general public’s consumption of fruits and vegetables, increase affordable and accessible methods of physical activity, and to increase support of school and corporate nutrition programs.
What’s new this year? Well, a lot! The focus I believe is on three key areas in this year’s recommendations among other things: sugar, cholesterol and meat free.
My late, dear husband, Kelly, was right and way ahead of his time with his views on cholesterol in food (as usual with many things). He never thought eating an egg would increase blood cholesterol in most people. He thought it was rather ‘silly’ to shy away from such a perfect food. One of his favorite meals was eggs, and was always one of the first foods we fed our 5 kids when they were babies.
There were many other recommendations in the 500-plus-page report, but these three are the ‘big ones’ that have kept the media and public talking. It will be interesting to see what the final recommendations will be, so stay tuned in the coming weeks to see how it shapes up.
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.
April 1, 2015 11:39
I always enjoy reading your blog posts because they are so informative. I am grateful that you are on the "cutting edge" of the best and most current nutritional information. Thank you for your research and all of this wonderful information. I appreciate all of the time and effort you put into keeping us all so healthy and your food.....yummy !!! Your food makes it easy to achieve and maintain optimal health !!!