Monday, January 31, 2011

Here's a shocker....

Groundbreaking news....Americans should eat less!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/business/01food.html?_r=3&hp


Sarcasm aside, i'm glad the The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services are announcing this shift.

The last time the guidelines were revised was in 2005, where the Departments advised "More Whole Grains"...and I noticed that a bunch of sugary, processed cereals started emphasizing their "Whole grain-ness" in their advertisements. I'm sorry, I love Cinnamon Toast Crunch as much as the next gal, but that stuff is not healthy, no matter how many "whole grains" it has. You can have all the whole grains in the world, but if you cover them in sugar and eat a ton of it...you're gonna gain weight.

I'll stop ranting for now. Remember folks- (particularly my Take it Off team members!) Lots of water, 3-5 servings of fruits and veggies, watch sodium, choose whole, unprocessed grains, reduce portion sizes, and MOVE!!

1 comment:

  1. Agreed. It's also important for responsible eaters to remember that high fructose corn syrup is a silent killer. In many capacities it is equal to or more dangerous than smoking ciggies. We also have to keep in mind that anything that comes in a box and advertises something is likely doing so for less than noble reasons. It seems like cereal companies market toward people who feign interest in health, which is why "more grain" will be attractive to some people. As a society there is somewhat of a move in the direction of healthy eating and the next step is for people to start considering what they put in their body. Responsible eaters must think about what they want to put in their body. I was watching Oprah once and Fran from The Nanny was talking about her eating habits. And she said that it is so important for people to at the very least think about their respective serving sizes and what exactly it is that they're eating. This can make a difference subconsciously and start people in the direction of a healthy lifestyle.

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