A few weeks ago, the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released a new Report that extols a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, and grain. Perhaps you’ve already read this 500-plus page report, but I just wanted to take some time to talk about how important their research is.
This recommendation comes from their findings that, “More than two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of youth and children are overweight or obese…”and “these devastating health problems have persisted for decades…” That the government is taking steps to combat treatable, but wide-spread health problems affirms much of what I’ve believed all along. The experts from this study state that “The U.S. population should be encouraged and guided to consume dietary patterns that are rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, seafood, legumes, and nuts; moderate in low- and non-fat dairy products and alcohol (among adults); lower in red and processed meat; and low in sugar-sweetened foods and beverages and refined grains. These dietary patterns can be achieved in many ways and should be tailored to the individual’s biological and medical needs as well as socio-cultural preferences.”
Even more, the report suggests, “that a diet higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, and lower in calories and animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with less environmental impact than is the current US diet.” I’m so happy that this study also recognizes that eating less meat reduces the harmful impact of its production on natural resources.
I’d definitely call this a win-win solution. Eating more vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains has been proven once again to lead to healthier life for ourselves and the planet.