New Dietary Guidelines – Is the USDA to Be Trusted?

With a new year underway, there are a large amount of people out there looking for ways to cut back on their belly fat and improve their overall health. Of course, finding the resources they need to lose that weight and get themselves in shape may not be as easy as some want them to believe. For years, the USDA has published dietary guidelines on how people should eat, but with a past full of mistakes, how much can it really be trusted? Considering the mistakes of the past, the changes in the present, and advice from many modern nutritionists, perhaps the USDA isn’t the source to be trusted at all.

Before the Food Pyramid

While many people today realize the mistakes of the Food Pyramid, they may not realize there were actually other recommendations before that. Their trends of bad nutritional advice started back in 1943 with the Basic 7, which featured some really awful advise as to what people should eat. Next, they offered a condensed option with the Basic 4, which made some truly horrible recommendations, like only needing to eat a dark green or yellow vegetable or fruit every other day.

New Dietary Guidelines with MyPlate

As if people are too dumb to follow simple dietary advice, the new system created by MyPlate not only eliminates some of the sections of the old Food Pyramid, but it also really dumbs down the thing. One of the first criticisms it received was that it really doesn’t give much guidance beyond portion percentages. While this is good, it also doesn’t account for the latest medical and nutritional understanding of how we should eat. But, is it really that strange a government organization that keeps offering bad nutritional advice still hasn’t gotten it right?

The Dangers of Dairy

One of the obvious problems that hasn’t been addressed with the newer guidelines is the fact that dairy is still considered a necessary part of the diet. Perhaps you haven’t heard yet, but diary is bad for you. Whether you actively avoid it for these reasons or not, it is important to realize that virtually no medical professionals actually think diary is a necessary part of a balanced diet and many have criticized the new system for just this reason.

Are You Getting Enough Protein?

If you have decided to follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, you have undoubtedly been asked this question more times than you can count. The next time you are asked this though, you have permission to slap that person upside the head and point out he or she is actually getting too much protein. Despite the changes from the Food Pyramid to the new MyPlate dietary guidelines, no one seems to pay any attention to the fact consumers in America are usually getting twice as much protein as they need. Instead of worrying about those meats or fish, maybe they should worry about getting more green vegetables instead.

Other Dietary Guidelines to Consider

Instead of sticking to these government-suggested systems, which seem to have less advice from actual doctors and more from bureaucrats who have no idea what they are talking about, you might look towards alternate sources. Of course, organic eaters and vegans aren’t the only ones with alternatives, and the Harvard Medical School actually released their own dietary guidelines based around MyPlate that provides a much better picture of how doctors suggest you actually eat.


Do you follow any sort of dietary guidelines or just eat whatever is most convenient? How do you feel about the changes offered by he USDA over the years?

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Joseph Macolino
Joseph Macolino
When Joseph is not writing for his Evorath fantasy series, he tries to spend time honing his physical prowess to one day become the Punisher. Most of the time, he just ends up perfecting the art of procrastination by watching Netflix, reading other good fantasy books, or playing some mindless game. Follow him at Evorath