I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new dietary guidelines proposed by Brazilian health officials. It’s refreshing to see guidelines that are based on overall eating patterns and eating real food instead of numbers of servings, food groups, nutrients, etc., that we’re used to in North America.
I first read about these guidelines from Dr. Marion Nestle’s Food Politics blog, so I figured I’d simply quote text directly from there (also the original Brazilian document is in Portuguese, so that doesn’t do me much good!). Below is a description of Brazil’s guidelines.
“The guidelines…..are based on foods that Brazilians of all social classes eat every day, and consider the social, cultural, economic and environmental implications of food choices.”
The guide’s three “golden rules:”
- Make foods and freshly prepared dishes and meals the basis of your diet.
- Be sure oils, fats, sugar and salt are used in moderation in culinary preparations.
- Limit the intake of ready-to-consume products and avoid those that are ultra-processed.
The ten Brazilian guidelines:
- Prepare meals from staple and fresh foods.
- Use oils, fats, sugar and salt in moderation.
- Limit consumption of ready-to-consume food and drink products
- Eat regular meals, paying attention, and in appropriate environments.
- Eat in company whenever possible.
- Buy food at places that offer varieties of fresh foods. Avoid those that mainly sell products ready for consumption.
- Develop, practice, share and enjoy your skills in food preparation and cooking.
- Plan your time to give meals and eating proper time and space.
- When you eat out, choose restaurants that serve freshly made dishes and meals. Avoid fast food chains.
- Be critical of the commercial advertisement of food products.”
Doesn’t this seem so much more intuitive than something like making sure you get 8-10 servings of vegetables & fruits each day? Imagine how much healthier AND less stressed about nutrition/diet/food we all be if we just followed similar guidelines.
What do you think?