• By Deborah Balzer

What the New Dietary Guidelines Mean to You

March 2, 2015

Woman holding bag of vegetables for vegetarian diet

If you are confused about what foods to eat and what to avoid to maintain a healthy lifestyle, don't worry. You are not alone. Remember the old food pyramid? It's time to rethink what we put on our plate and in our bodies.

The Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently released a 571-page report that offers a new take on some previously thought nutritional data. The report is the primary body of literature that guides all recommendations on how Americans should eat and is targeted to those making nutritional policy in the U.S.

Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., says the report shows a continued emphasis on plant-based diets and less meat consumption. He stresses the guidelines change as new information and research becomes available, calling guidelines evolutionary, not revolutionary.

Guidelines recommendations include:

  • Increase plant-based diet
  • Consume less red and processed meat
  • An egg a day is okay
  • Less sugar consumption
  • Coffee and caffeine may have health benefits

Dr. Hensrud recommends the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid which emphasizes fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains along with lean protein from a variety of sources and a limit on sweets and salt.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Hensrud are available in the downloads, along with b-roll of  examples of packaged food products (gluten-free, sugar sweeteners, beans, whole wheat)

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