Stop False Advertising: Change the Name of the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans”
Every five years, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) issues its “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” with the claim of providing recommendations for healthy eating choices to Americans, but that name is misleading. The so-called “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” are not dietary guidelines as much as they are guidelines on how the government tries to balance public health recommendations and corporate interests.
At a quick glance, the USDA's dietary guidelines seem like a straightforward guide for healthy eating and diet strictly based purely on science, medicine, and nutrition. In reality, the USDA'S guidelines are formed with strong input from 1) public health and nutrition experts and 2) corporate lobbyists from the dairy, meat, agriculture, and manufacturing industries. These guidelines are not what top nutrition experts think is best for Americans to eat for personal, public, and planetary health. Instead, the recommendations are swayed by a wide-range of government priorities, including corporate ones. The USDA's report is a guideline for food policy, not legitimate dietary recommendations, and the name of their report should reflect that.
We're not saying that corporate input in decision-making is always bad, but the government has a responsibility to be upfront and honest with its citizens. For national dietary recommendations, the USDA should promote the scientific Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report instead of their half-corporate-based “Dietary Guidelines for Americans”. A name change – and nothing more – would help clarify to the general public that the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” are not the most reliable source of dietary recommendations.
Our government should not be in the business of false advertising, especially for an issue as important as nutrition and healthy eating. The USDA's recommendations are not “Dietary Guidelines for Americans”. They are “Food Policy Guidelines for America”. Sign my petition to call upon the USDA and HHS to petition Congress for a bill authorizing a name change accordingly. It is the very least that we, the people, deserve.
We have surpassed our first goal of and are on our way to our next – 10,000 signatures!
Help get us there by signing the petition today:
Stop False Advertising: Change the Name of the "Dietary Guidelines for Americans"
On a beautiful, crisp, fall day in New England, in front of Yale's striking Sterling Library, hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the four pillars of food: taste, health, sustainability and vitality.
As the theme of Food Day 2015, The Four Pillars of Food embraced and celebrated: (1) taste – food should be delicious, and a source of pleasure- we should LOVE the food that loves us back!; (2) health – food should be nutritious, and as good for us as it is good; (3) sustainability – our food should last, and be secured with minimal harms to land, water, air, fragile ecosystems, and our fellow species; and (4) vitality – food is the fuel that animal bodies, including the human animal, should burn in vital activity.
Food Day 2015 featured more than a dozen nutrition and culinary experts, including Dr. David L. Katz founder of True Health Initiative and Turn the Tide Foundation; the culinary expertise of Chef Ron Desantis, Director of Culinary Excellence at Yale; Chef Bun Lai, of the famous Miya's Sushi restaurant, Catherine Katz, PhD, founder of Cusinicity.com; along with the sustainability expertise of Mark Bomford, Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Program and best-selling author and wellness journalist Candice Kumai.
It also included a fabulous, audience-participation hip-hop dance program with top dance talent from US national competitions and the front man from the UnJunk Yourself music video series on YouTube, Gabe Katz – all of which was organized by Sean Flanagan, President of the US Tournament of Dance.
Read more about this fabulous event here.
5 Healthy Winter Foods to Eat Often
By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D.
We loved this post on healthy winter foods so wanted to share it with you! Be sure to check out Cuisinicity for great recipes using these foods, especially #2! Catherine loves her cruciferous veggies!
Although there are fewer foods that are in season in winter than in summer, winter boasts some surprising health superstars. Here are 5 of the healthiest winter foods you should be eating.
Pomegranates: Pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidants (more so than other fruit juices)—just a cup daily might help to keep free radicals from oxidizing “bad” LDL cholesterol, according to a preliminary study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Oxidized LDL contributes to plaque buildup in the arteries.
Dark Leafy Greens: Dark leafy greens, such as kale, chard and collards, thrive in the chill of winter when the rest of the produce section looks bleak. In fact, a frost can take away the bitterness of kale. These greens are particularly rich in vitamins A, C and K. Collards, mustard greens and escarole are also excellent sources of folate, important for women of childbearing age.
Citrus: Citrus fruits, including lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit, are at their juiciest in the wintertime and can add sunshine to the dreary winter. Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C—one medium orange delivers more than 100 percent of your daily dose.
Potatoes: Potatoes sometimes get a bad rap for being a white starch, thrown into the same category as white rice or white bread. But unlike those other starches, which have indeed been stripped of healthful nutrients, potatoes are a whole food that contain several beneficial nutrients.
Winter Squash: There are many varieties of winter squash—including butternut, acorn, delicata and spaghetti squash—and they are all excellent choices in the winter. One cup of cooked winter squash has few calories (around 80) but is high in vitamin A (214 percent of the recommended daily value) and vitamin C (33 percent), as well as being a good source of vitamins B6 and K, potassium and folate.
Read the full post on EatingWell: 5 of The Healthiest Winter Foods
Savor The Flavor Of Eating Right!
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
The theme for 2016 is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right," which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives.
How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods – that's the best way to savor the flavor of eating right!
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