A panel of nutrition experts recruited by the Obama administration to help develop the next set of dietary guidelines released its long-awaited recommendations this week. The panel addressed everything from red meat to coffee, unveiling a 570-page report that will be used by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to craft new diet guidelines later this year. The guidelines, which form the basis of the MyPlate icon (formerly the food pyramid), represent the government’s final word on what constitutes a healthy diet. They’ve been published since 1980. They influence billions of dollars of government funding for nutrition programs, including school lunch standards and the Defense Department’s menu guidelines.
1Americans are eating poorly.
|MARK LENNIHAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS|
2Consider the environment.
3Ditch the cholesterol limits.
|CHARLIE NEIBERGALL/ASSOCIATED PRESS|
4Coffee and alcohol? Those can be okay.
5Beef. It’s not necessarily what’s for dinner.
|AP PHOTO/WICHITA FALLS TIMES RECORD NEWS, |