The proposed rules place a greater emphasis on dietary patterns than on specific foods or substances. It’s not only about what you eat when it comes to eating healthy; it’s also about the food you don’t consume. You’re likely consuming less things that aren’t as heart-healthy if you’re consuming more fruits, veggies, and whole grains.
“We recommend that you find a dietary pattern that’s consistent with what you enjoy but is still heart-healthy. What we’ve learned is that when people try to make drastic changes in their diet because they suddenly decide they want to get healthier, they frequently don’t stick with those changes for a long period of time,” says Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc.
We currently think of health, weight loss, and diet in terms of good and bad foods. But our food categories are arbitrary. They don’t reflect anything important about food. Consider, for example, the word “healthy.” It’s a useful word because we need a way to describe foods that are good for us. But it’s arbitrary. Good food can be bad food, and bad food can be good food.
According to Lichtenstein, cultural developments, such as changes in how we eat, were vital for the new rules to address. We eat in different ways now, thanks in part to the epidemic, but people are increasingly ordering prepared dishes from restaurants and grocery shops, as well as using meal kits.
She claims that this must be taken into account and included in a person’s overall eating pattern. Food and drinks that you consume have an impact on your health, whether they are made or consumed at home or elsewhere.
Basic nutrition data, as well as the shelf life and cost of various foods, should be taught at a young age, according to the new standards, and then these principles may be applied to real-world settings as children get older. They will be able to make better decisions as adults if they have a framework with which to assess all of the information available.