The 2000 Calorie Diet - and the RDAs
The FDA food labeling standard adopts the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) from the average USDA 2,000 calorie dietary guidelines - promoters of the famous food guide pyramid which haunted so many of us back in elementary school. Remember? Starches on the bottom and fats and sweets up top....
Interestingly, the new generation of elementary school kids are getting to hear a slightly different message: the USDA recently introduced a new pyramid which is called MyPyramid and emphasizes the following:
- limiting sugar intake
- eating more whole grains
- avoiding trans fats
- limiting saturated fat intake
- eating 20% to 35% of daily calories from fats
- consuming monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats
|Groups||Old Pyramid||New Pyramid|
|Grains||6-11 Servings||6 ounces|
|Vegetables||3-5 Servings||2.5 cups|
|Fruits||2-4 Servings||2 cups|
|Meat and Beans||2-3 Servings||5.5 ounces|
|Milk||2-3 Servings||3 cups|
|Oils||use sparingly||6 teaspoons|
Even though it is hard to compare the various units of the MyPyramid with each other, a few observations can be made immediately:
- the recommended ratio of meats to grains has almost doubled, and in fact, the recommended daily allowances are now almost the same
- milk allowance has increased, and by comparison, vegetables' and fruits' allowance decreased
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