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Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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

Ann Dunaway Teh | Posted 05.24.2014 | Food
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.