Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were just released. Here are the highlights:

Balancing Calories

• Enjoy your food, but eat less.

• Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

• Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) milk.

Foods to Reduce

• Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals—and choose the foods with lower numbers.

• Drink water instead of sugary drinks.




After years of mocking the USDA for it’s upside down food pyramid, this doesn’t look too bad.

  • Eat less food….but make that food higher in nutrient density
  • Eat more fruit & vegetables….while reducing your consumption of other less nutritious/more calorie dense foods.
  • Drink water instead of soda
  • Reduce consumption of high sodium processed foods

Sounds pretty good to me.

Not perfect…but pretty good.

Perfect would have:

  1. Reduced the consumption of all dairy…not just high fat dairy.
  2. Reduced the consumption of all grain products


Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

One thought on “Dietary Guidelines for Americans

  • February 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Everything is about balance. No one food group is bad if you don’t eat too much of it. Too much fruit can make you gain weight with all the sugars. Same with high fat foods, high carb..etc etc. If you watch what you eat and exercise you really can’t go wrong.


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