- The Plate
What’s in America’s New Dietary Guidelines—and What’s Not
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published in final form today, are less likely to be remembered for what they say than for what they don’t say.
As we’ve reported, bitter battles have been fought over whether the guidelines should specifically recommend less red meat (there’s a general nod toward less meat) or acknowledge the impact of food production on the environment, which was stripped out of earlier drafts.
But what the guidelines do say—eat more vegetables, eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods, and limit sugar and salt for a healthier life—should not be swept aside in the uproar over what got left out.
“By focusing on small shifts in what we eat and drink, eating healthy becomes more manageable,”