2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Unveiled Today Highlighting Benefits of Veg Diets!

Posted on January 31, 2011

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The USDA and HHS announced the 2010 Dietary Guidelines today.  The Guidelines form the basis for dietary advice provided by health professions, Federal education programs and the nutrition for Federal programs, like school meals and Meals on Wheels.

PCRM (the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine) points out that the new Guidelines devote 2 whole pages to vegetarian and vegan nutrition.  At a time when more than 1/3 of children and more than 2/3 of adults in our country are overweight or obese, the 7th edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans promoting the power of a vegetarian or vegan diet is huge.

While the new Guidelines are promoting plant-based nutrition, there is still lots of room for improvement.  “Like previous versions, they specify foods to eat more of (e.g., fruits and vegetables), but avoid listing foods people need to eat less of (e.g., meat and cheese), apparently out of fear of upsetting food producers.”

Limiting “cholesterol” and “saturated fat” is encouraged.  While dairy products account for more than 30 percent of the saturated (“bad”) fat in the American diet, the Dietary Guidelines disguise this fat by splitting dairy products into many categories (e.g., cheese, butter, full-fat milk, reduced-fat milk, etc.).  To read more, read the full Press Release HERE.

Encourage your friends to try a plant-based diet.  Let them know they do not have to jump in full force.  Committing to just one or 2 meatless meals per week is good for their health.  Pairing a plant-based diet with physical activity reduces their risk of obesity, heart disease and overall mortality.