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Dietary Guidelines 2010 & MyPlate (United States specific)

Postby gladcow » Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:10 am

At Shiva's request, here is a space for us to discuss the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines as well as the new MyPlate plan, which replaces MyPyramid.

LINKS:
Guidelines: http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/dietaryguidelines.htm
Appendix: http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/D ... ndices.pdf
MyPlate: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

The reason I'm so excited about these new tools from our government is because we vegans are being included for the first time ever! The Guidelines are released every 5 years and reflect what the government believes about how we Americans should eat and is meant to help the average person understand their diet and give them tools to plan it. It is what the MyPlate (prev. MyPyramid) is based on. The things that are new for vegans are that the guidelines have a VEGAN option. It's in the Appendix link, Appendix 9. Appendices 6 & 7 help as well with understanding the recommendations. In MyPlate, the new thing is that calcium fortified soy counts as part of the dairy group. Both of these things have never happened before. In previous iterations, vegans just didn't get any credit for dairy (or as many dieticians refer to it, "the calcium group").

I have more to add, but I'd like to start with this. Any questions?
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Re: Dietary Guidelines 2010 & MyPlate (United States specifi

Postby Ariann » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:05 am

Is the reason almond milk and rice milk aren't included in the "dairy" group because they're light on protein?
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Re: Dietary Guidelines 2010 & MyPlate (United States specifi

Postby gladcow » Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:07 pm

I am not sure, but that is part of the assumption I make. However, cow's milk is considered a carbohydrate. It could just be that soy was the only progress that could be made against the dairy lobby. It could also be due to the possible lack of appropriate calcium supplementation in non-soy non-dairy alternatives. I'll ask my boss if she has any insight.
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Re: Dietary Guidelines 2010 & MyPlate (United States specifi

Postby vegematic » Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:23 pm

I really like the breakdown in Table 9. I may print that out and stick it on my fridge to help with meal balancing.
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