On Monday the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released, laying out the government's official nutrition recommendations for the next five years. With their emphasis on cooking at home, consuming more fruits and vegetables, and not relying on processed foods, the guidelines seem right in line with our own eating philosophy. But will they change the way Americans eat?
For Michael Pollan fans, the government's advice might seem like old news. Enjoy your food, but eat less. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. As Marion Nestle points out in The Atlantic, the surprise is that the guidelines "recognize that obesity is the number-one public health nutrition problem in America and actually give good advice about what to do about it: eat less and eat better."
Though U.S. food policy is far from perfect, we think these guidelines are a step in the right direction.
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What do you think? Will these guidelines affect the way we eat in America?
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