Dietary Restrictions Bite

Food Pyramid - Washington Post

Remember when the food pyramid looked a lot… simpler?

On June 15th the USDA released their new dietary guidelines to the public. Quite honestly, they’re practically the same as the 2005 guidelines, except there’s more stress on restricting salt, sugar, and saturated fats. Not surprising, considering the average American consumes 3,400 milligrams of salt daily – when our daily intake should be 1,500 milligrams daily. That 3,400 doesn’t even include the salt we add when we’re cooking or sitting at the dinner table. Bon appetit, eh?

Nothing about these guidelines is very new and groundbreaking; with high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity still on the rise in the U.S., there’s no doubt that saturated fat, sugar, salt, and sedentary lifestyles are to blame for a plethora of health problems. Now all the USDA needs is a great ad campaign to make healthier eating attractive!

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