Over the years, the government has placed much regulation on the conduct of Americans. There was the prohibition of Alcohol, laws placed on gun control, and recent legislation that determines the legality of Cannabis from state to state. But can there really be regulations on what Americans eat?
Professor Henstenburg, director of the nutrition program at La Salle University, says that while the government cannot directly tell us what and what not to eat, they can place dietary guidelines to act as recommendations for healthy living in the United States.
By law, food and nutrition scientists come together every five years to deliver highly researched guidelines that tells Americans how they should eat.
According to recent dietary guidelines, ” There is an importance for understanding the totality of food and beverage intake at the level of food groups and basic ingredients (e.g., fruit, vegetables, whole grains, refined grains, dairy, protein foods) as well as at the level of foods as they are typically consumed, called food categories (e.g., pizza, pasta dishes, burgers, sandwiches) and how these contribute to nutrient adequacy or nutrient excess”.
Due to raised suspicion, many people do not follow such measures, causing these dietary guidelines to lose much of its credibility between the American people.
“Now usually there are lots of controversy in these guidelines because it has been long thought that they are fairly influenced by the food industry,” said Henstenburg.
To allow Americans to voice opinions like these along with many others, these guidelines are placed in the Federal Register for people to publicly comment.
Still, with such dietary liberation, 68.8 percent of the people in the United States are overweight. These numbers suggest that such guidelines do not working in decreasing obesity simply because Americans do not like being told what to eat.
As we continue our journey to promoting healthy eating, it will interesting to see how scholars and nutritionist develop a better method that could help Americans get on track with better dieting.