Help Change the Dietary Guidelines

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

myplateFamiliar with this image? Most of us have seen some version of this nutritional tool developed by the USDA that offers nutritional recommendations to help us choose the right foods and the right amounts of those foods. The Food Guide has changed a lot over time, with the most current being called MyPlate. Although there has been improvement in the development over the years to healthier recommendations, there is still a long way to go. Dr Mark Hyman is asking for everyone's help to change the dietary guidelines so that they promote optimal health and wellness, as well as make sure the new guidelines represent current nutritional science – not just benefit to corporate interests. The USDA is asking for your input on the new Dietary Guidelines process by March 30, 2018. Click here to learn how to do this. There are many issues that face the new guidelines but the USDA is asking for comments on two issues in particular – dietary levels of carbohydrates and saturated fats. To learn more about the impact of these changes and what you can do, please read this page from the Nutrition Coalition, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing good science into nutritional policy. (Dr. Hyman is on the board of directors of the Nutrition Coalition.) Then submit your comments by March 30, 2018. This is the first time the government has invited public comments and it offers an opportunity to change our food policy. There are also Facebook posts and Tweets you can share with your communities to help create the change we need. Thank you for your help!