As I type, there is a group of 13 nutritional experts who have been charged with improving the infamous Food Pyramid.
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will seek to come up with an updated Food Pyramid by spring of 2011 in an effort to address this nation’s extreme obesity issue.
Among the issues at the forefront of the discussion:
*Ways to encourage the eating of more fruits and vegetables
*A focus on more whole grains
*Efforts to reduce the intake of fat, especially fatty meats.
*New, lower federal guidelines on sodium consumption
*Reduction of sugar-y foods, particularly sugary drinks
While I applaud the First Lady’s efforts to address obesity, and more specifically childhood obesity, I wish a simple change in the Food Pyramid were all it would take to make our nation eat more healthfully.
I am an eternal optimist and love to hope, but sadly, I believe the new pyramid could encourage us to eat 23 vegetables a day, very little sugar and no salt and very little would change in most homes. However, there is a glimmer of hope in this new Food Pyramid: it will also alter standards for the National School Lunch Program.
After watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution this spring, it seems that a little change to our nation’s school lunches would be a positive step. Wouldn’t it be great if the French fries, premade process entrees and sugar-y drinks were replaced with real food?
So, if you are listening Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, please come up with some great new guidelines for our school lunch program. It seems as though we have nowhere to go but up!