After more than 3 years of work by an expert advisory committee, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been released to the public. Though the major points of the new guidelines are not significantly different from the 2005 version, the general message is, quoted from the guidelines, “Enjoy your food, but eat less.”
On average, Americans currently consume more than three times the recommended amounts of added sugars and solid fats, and significantly more salt, processed flour, and saturated fat than is advised. In contrast, we eat less than half the recommended amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, whole grains, and fiber.
The new guidelines are a step in the right direction to help Americans improve their diets and prevent, or reverse, chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Find the Dietary Guidelines website here and the full published guidelines here.