Delivering its first nutritional guidance since 2005, the USDA's latest (and slightly delayed) 2010 Dietary Guidelines were released Monday. In short: eat more fruits and vegetables, eat less, swap water for sugary drinks and exercise. In other words, it's the sort of thing many patients may hear from their doctors when they come in for an annual exam.
What's different this time around, however, is that the guidelines specifically say Americans should limit their salt intake and watch their weight. Otherwise, Dr. David Katz told the Boston Globe that the 2010 guidelines are not "terribly different," from the last set.
Even so, the latest report has some fans.
- It's a Coup, writes The Atlantic's Marion Nestle, who says "For the first time, the guidelines make it clear that eating less is a priority."
- It's a Start "Not a lot of new stuff, but they still give Americans something to aspire to," says the Chicago Tribune's Monica Eng.
- We Need More Guidance The Boston Globe's Deborah Kotz surveyed the critics and found Dr. David Katz who says the guidelines leave a huge hole, they "tell us what to eat, not how to eat," says Katz, "Most Americans don't have the skill set to build nutritious meals."
- It's Wordplay The new guidelines "focused mainly on wording tweaks," not actual advice says Good Morning America's John Gever.
- Phew The American Meat Institute says it dodged a close one, noting in its press release that "it is noteworthy that the government's previous recommendation that consumers eat five to seven ounces from the meat, poultry and beans group will remain unchanged."