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United States Food Advice
from IVU Newsletter, April/May 1996

A summary of the United States Dietary Advisory Committee Guidelines for Americans in 1995.

To obtain the nutrients and other substances needed for good health, vary the foods you eat. The report goes on to recommend that people eat foods from the grain group of the Food Guide Pyramid along with vegetables and fruits as the basis of a healthful diet. It suggests "Enjoy meals that have rice, pasta, potatoes or bread at the centre of the plate, accompanied by vegetables and fruit and lean and low-fat foods from the other groups. Limit fats and sugars added in food preparation."

It goes on to suggest "choose most of your calories from foods in the grain group, the vegetable group and the fruit group. Eat moderate amounts of foods from the dairy group and the meat and beans group. Choose fewer foods high in fat and sugars (consume sparingly)."

It then considers vegetarian diets and states "Some Americans eat vegetarian diets for reasons of culture, belief or health. Most vegetarians eat dairy products and eggs and, as a group, these lacto-ovo-vegetarians enjoy excellent health. Vegetarian diets are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines and can meet Recommended Dietary Allowances for nutrients. Protein is not limiting in vegetarian diets as long as the variety and amounts of food consumed are adequate."

It is good to have further confirmation of what we all know, that a vegetarian diet is sound. It confirms findings by Government bodies in other countries. When will they realise that vegetarian diets should be strongly recommended?

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