Eggs Are Back: The Elegant Simplicity of the New Diet Guidelines

February 20, 2015 Updated: February 20, 2015

Eggs are back, indeed, as many headlines were celebrating yesterday. And aspartame is probably okay in moderation, though artificial sweeteners should not be promoted in approaches to weight loss. Coffee and tea get a more conclusive pass, as does moderate alcohol, though no one is encouraged to start drinking if they don’t already. But the most important, most definitive tenets of eating well—according to new 2015 federal dietary recommendations, —are the time-tested basics: moderation and a focus on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. 

Cholesterol in food is no longer cause for concern. Only certain kinds of dietary fat (trans and saturated) are to be minimized, and whole grains are—starkly counter to the national trend in low-carb and gluten-averse ideologies—second only to fruits and vegetables as the most “health-promoting” foods that a person can eat.

In order for people to consume enough seafood to meet these dietary recommendations, the committee concedes, both farm-raised and wild-caught seafood will need to be part of the food supply. 

Saturated fat is recommended only in moderate amounts—to constitute, at most, 10 percent of a person’s daily calories—despite the assertions of experts and flocks of Paleo-diet loyalists.

The recommendations will not be finalized until the end of the year.

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