Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cornell Professor Comments on New Nutrition Guidelines

Agriculture Secretary TomVilsack and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius yesterday announced the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The Guide's pearls of wisdom include:
• Enjoy your food, but eat less.
• Avoid oversized portions.
• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
• Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
• Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
• Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Cornell nutrition professor Tom Brenna was interviewed on NPR's Health Blog and he's:

"pleased that the guidelines recommend eating at least 2 servings of seafood a week. This is particularly important for pregnant and lactating women who may have been scared away from eating fish since 2004 when FDA issued strongmercury warnings.
   'More seafood means better development of eyes, better development of the brain, and probably benefits for mom,' Brenna tells Shots.
   But Brenna acknowledges that overall, USDA's guidelines are not so radically different from the guidelines of years past, which have also steered clear of telling us exactly what kinds of foods to avoid."

Find the complete 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans here.

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