The USDA has issued a 2010 “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” publication that outlines the government’s recommended eating habits for stronger, healthier living. Very few people actually read the publication, but it’s important in setting standards for institutions like schools, influences legislation in congress, and helps prioritize the food agenda in the White House. Since it sets up potential action by the government, big companies try to get a head start on future laws by enacting change immediately. The media often reports on it, disseminating it to a larger demographic and increasing awareness on whatever the USDA covers and recommends.
What sets the 2010 USDA guidelines apart from past reports is that it recommends that Americans eat less food – completely contrary to what the food industry wants its customers to do. The more we eat, the more we buy, the more money they make. This is a step in the right direction for the USDA and the American people, which could yield very positive results.
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- Consume less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fatty acids by replacing them with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.