Warnings Regarding Dietary Goals
...the value of dietary change remains controversial [and]
science cannot at this time ensure that an altered diet will
provide improved protection from certain killer diseases such
as heart disease and cancer.
Charles H Percy, Member of the Senate Select Committee
of Nutrition and Human Needs, Foreword to the Second Edition
of Dietary Goals for the United States, 1977.
American Government Experiment
What right has the federal government to propose that the
American people conduct a vast nutritional experiment, with themselves
as subject, on the strength of so very little evidence?
Phillip Handles, President of the National Academy of Sciences,
Congressional testimony in response to Dietary Goals for the
United States, 1980.
USDA Food Group Recommendations (2005)
- Fruits: 2 cups of a variety of fresh, frozen, canned,
or dried fruits. Limit juice consumption.
- Vegetables: More dark green and orange veggies. Eat
more beans and peas.
- Calcium rich foods: 3 cups of low or fat free milk
or calcium rich foods.
- Grains: At least 3 ounces of whole grains.
- Protein foods: Choose lean meats and poultry. Vary
choices with more fish, beans, peas, nuts, and seeds.
USDA (2005) Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The USDA Guidelines have always been influenced by political
pressures shaped by interest groups representing the various
food industries. Marion Nestle, PhD explains:
- Prior to 2005, the committee wrote the guidelines. I was
on the 1995 committee and we drafted guidelines that the agencies
hardly touched. The guidelines have always been subject to political
pressures, but with the agencies writing them, expect even more.
Nestle M (2010). The 2010 Dietary Guidelines: some hints
at what they might say. FoodPolitics.com.
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