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Dietary Guidelines for Americans

News You Won't Like: Wine Isn't a Health Food After All

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Alcohol -- to our disappointment -- isn't a health food. It has risks and many calories. It's also a wonderful, deeply cultural food that can be enjoyed without over excessive risk.

5 Reasons The Government's Nutrition Advice Isn't Working

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living

It’s been weeks since the latest federal dietary guidelines were released by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. Sinc...

Five-Way Food Fight

Judy Frankel | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

With so many assaults on food lately, I had to zero in on the most urgent topics.

The End of Dietary Guidelines for Americans?

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Marantz

The National Academy of Medicine will put together a panel of experts, who perhaps will understand that we need more of the right sort of science--the science of public health rather than biochemical/mechanistic/nutrition--to answer the real question: do we know that issuing these guidelines does more good than harm? If the answer to this question is "No," as I think it is, here's hoping the 2015-2020 version will be the last such set of guidelines issued.

A Dietitian's Cheat Sheet for the New Dietary Guidelines

Julie Upton | Posted 01.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Julie Upton

Since about half of all American adults -- 117 million -- have one or more preventable chronic diseases, eating to meet the recommendations set forward in the new dietary guidelines is a good place to start for better health.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Puzzle

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

A more straightforward and less puzzling way to tip Americans towards limiting added sugar would have been to provide a recommendation such as: "choose drinks that contain no added sugars (most of the time)" and "eat sweets and desserts infrequently."

Big Food: Lobbying Will Only Accelerate the Inevitable

Pam Koch | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Pam Koch

Motivated by what is now a health and environmental crisis, authors, scientists, filmmakers, progressive school chancellors, the White House, consumer groups, entrepreneurs and others have inspired a food movement that now pervades every corner of society.

Poll Highlights Importance of Nutritious School Meals for Every Child

Carla Thompson | Posted 09.22.2015 | Education
Carla Thompson

The national school meal nutrition standards help ensures kids eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. And kids are doing just that -- a Harvard University study found fruit consumption increased 23 percent, and vegetable consumption increased 16 percent after the new nutrition standards were implemented in 2012.

10 Reasons Congress Should Stop Playing Politics With Science and Our Health

Alison Hard | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Alison Hard

Placing industry concerns above children's health, this Congress is undermining the 2010 bi-partisan Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act by proposing to roll back updated standards for the nutritional content of school meals.

US Dietary Guidelines: Historic Battle for People and Planet

Christiana Wyly | Posted 05.08.2016 | Politics
Christiana Wyly

Never before have the dietary guidelines garnered so much public attention, and for good reason.

How 'Healthy Diets' Have Changed Over The Decade

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living

If you’re confused about all the conflicting dietary and nutritional advice out there, you’re not alone. Every week, it seems as if researchers ar...

Don't Let Food Industry Stir the Pot

Pam Koch | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Pam Koch

We can help all of our citizens have a healthier and more productive future when we let science and public health, and not food industry, cook up our food policy.

Just Say Yes to Sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines

Pam Koch | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Pam Koch

Sustainable dietary guidelines are not a new idea -- Drs. Joan Gussow and Kate Clancy, two food systems experts, first argued for them in a seminal 1986 article in Journal of Nutrition Education.

Meredith Melnick

What The Government Got Wrong About Nutrition -- And How It Can Fix It

HuffingtonPost.com | Meredith Melnick | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living

Americans have been gorging themselves on unhealthy junk food, leading to high rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease. New dietary guidelines co...

Assessing the True Impact of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Will They Make a Difference?

Ann Dunaway Teh | Posted 05.24.2014 | Home
Ann Dunaway Teh

Are you familiar with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans? You may not be unless you work in public health or nutrition. What about MyPlate? Ring any [dinner] bells for you? If that still doesn't help, you are not alone.

Following USDA Eating Guidelines Made Me Neurotic -- But Not Healthy

Joe Satran | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

Essentially, the experience made me neurotic and anxious about food (one of my great pleasures!) without making me especially healthy.

MyPlate's Not-So-Blissful Restaurant Ignorance

Joe Satran | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

A quarter of Americans eat dinner out at least three nights a week, so for the USDA to systematically ignore this facet of the American eating system is risky.

The Tyranny Of 'Empty Calories'

Joe Satran | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

I tried incorporating two new normal life things into my MyPlate Experiment: restaurants and cooking for a group. They each presented minor challenges, but not as many as I might have suspected.

Healthy Eating Is Hard Work

Joe Satran | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

I'm only 24 hours into my mission to eat exactly according to the federal government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and I can already tell it's going to be a hard week.

The MyPlate Experiment: My Week Eating What Uncle Sam Says I Should

Joe Satran | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

I'm not a healthy eater. But for the next week, I'm going to try my hardest to eat exactly in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Why It’s So Hard To Eat Less Salt

Posted 02.07.2012 | Healthy Living

Dietary advice can be complicated. Good quality sources can have conflicting information, pitting one recommendation against another. And that holds t...

We Tried It: USDA 'SuperTracker' Schools Our New Nutrition Editor On Sodium, Empty Calories

Meredith Melnick | Posted 02.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Meredith Melnick

A study from the market research firm The NPD Group found that the average American only eats close to the DGA requirements a meager seven days per year. Seen another way, Americans eat according to federal guidelines only 2 percent of the time. But why?

What Will It Take To Make Our Plates Look Like My Plate?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 08.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Yet the question (and the problem) that haunted the food pyramid still remains: Is knowing how to fill our plates with fruits, vegetables, grains and protein enough to make us do it?

We Don't Believe Alcohol's Good For You!

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

As soon as epidemiologists started following drinkers and abstainers, they found that drinkers had less heart disease and as a result lived longer.