They're Back! The 2010 Dietary Guidelines

Well, it may be 2011, but the USDA has released its Official US Nutrition Policy - the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans...and it's! it's!....well, it's a lot more of the same. 

But, something is better than nothing, right?  Even if I think a lot of the innocuous, inoffensive research the Guidelines are based on is pretty old.  As in, dietary cholesterol as an independent risk factor for heart disease is so 1998.

For other perspectives, Dr. David Katz has a great breakdown from a physician's take of how little these guidelines actually change anything, and Marion Nestle is, as always succinct and fair in her round up. 

I'd like to stay positive and say that at LEAST they're finished, they encourage us to enjoy our food - just less of it.  Also eat a variety, incorporate a lot of fruits and vegetables, avoid those sugars and the solid fats (except for some of the 'good fats' like chocolate, avocados).

But mostly, there's not a lot in here that's of use to you in your daily living - for that, I'd use MyPlate.gov.  It has concrete, actionable suggestions to put your healthiest food forward!