By Laura Perdue, Extension Educator — Health and Nutrition
As many of you probably know by now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
One change you might notice is a shift in focus from food groups and nutrients to eating patterns. This change reflects recognition by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that people do not think in terms of food groups or single nutrients when they eat, but rather eat according to regular habits, or patterns. The change also reflects a growing body of research examining the relationship between eating patterns and health.
The latest guidelines also outline the changes Americans will need to make to move from what they are currently eating to adopting eating patterns that meet the guidelines.