Radical Changes in Diet Recommendations

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Highly marbled (fat) red meat is fine? I don't think so.

It turns out we were wrong: fruits and vegetables not so great… fatty, highly marbled red meat and fried fish, excellent foods for your long-term health. And the more solid fats in the diet, like butter and lard, the better.

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Snap back to reality. Of all the recommendations that have changed through the years, these are some that will likely never change.

“Increase Vegetable and Fruit Intake”

Every time the Dietary Guidelines for American’s are updated, there is always a recommendation about plant foods, especially fruits and vegetables. In 2010, there were two recommendations just for fruits and vegetables: increase vegetable and fruit intake and eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green and red and orange vegetables and beans and peas.

Most Americans do not get enough fruits and vegetables. Nearly every client who walks through my door gets this recommendation, and even I could use more. Why it is so hard? I don’t know. Habits? However, if we did eat more fruits and especially vegetables, we wouldn’t have room to eat as much high calorie food, we would feel better, and most likely lose weight since most fruits are about 80 calories a serving and most vegetables are 25 calories a serving.

Red Meat and Fried Fish

While I don’t tell people to avoid meat and fish, I do emphasize consuming the “right” cuts of meat. Cuts of meat (beef and pork) with “round” or “loin” such as top round, eye-of-round, tenderloin and top sirloin are leanest.

Fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna, is healthy for us. Once we bread it and fry it up, then never mind. Breaded and fried fish does not fit into the healthy category no matter what fish it is.

“Reduce Your Intake of Solid Fats”

Solid fats are mostly saturated fats and we still don’t recommend them in high amounts. Liquid fats are the healthier options so we need to choose those much more often than the solid, saturated fat. From the Dietary Guidelines 2010: reduce your intake of solid fats.

Sorry – no major changes in the health and diet recommendations this year. Keep up with the good-for-you foods. You know it is true.

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