4 Basic Guidelines we can all ‘EAT’ to – Brazilian Food Guidelines

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We often get caught up with one nutrient i.e.) gluten or even the basic breakdown of macronutrients like, protein, fat, carbs, but i think the point here is that most people think of foods as a whole.

Few days ago, a popular food policy expert and nutrition professor, Marion Nestle posted about the new Brazilian dietary guidelines.
An interesting thought to thunk.

We should encourage a few guidelines to adhere to most of the time and think a bit about our environments, habits, and behaviours surrounding food rather than fixating on “you shall have 2400 mg or less sodium a day” – like who thinks about sodium anyways?

eat with people, enjoy food together, limit your portions…

I am LOVING number 7 – 10!

  • Develop, exercise and share culinary skills
  • Plan your time to make food and eating important in your life
  • Out of home, prefer places that serve freshly made meals
  • Be wary of food advertising and marketing

Here’s her post below, what do you think?

 

Brazil has just released the final version of its Dietary Guidelines for the Brazilian population in English as well as in Portuguese (I wrote about the draft version in an earlier post).

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As explained in the press release (also in English), the guidelines include ten steps to health diets

 

  1. Make natural or minimally processed foods the basis of your diet
  2. Use oils, fats, salt, and sugar in small amounts when seasoning and cooking natural or minimally processed foods and to create culinary preparations
  3. Limit consumption of processed foods
  4. Avoid consumption of ultra-processed products
  5. Eat regularly and carefully in appropriate environments and, whenever possible, in company
  6. Shop in places that offer a variety of natural or minimally processed foods
  7. Develop, exercise and share culinary skills
  8. Plan your time to make food and eating important in your life
  9. Out of home, prefer places that serve freshly made meals
  10. Be wary of food advertising and marketing

Traditionally, families based their diets on natural and minimally processed foods. The guidelines are based on the actual, traditional dietary patterns of a substantial proportion of the Brazilian population of all ages and classes throughout the country.

Carlos Monteiro, the Brazilian nutrition professor listed as the technical formulator of the guidelines, was in Washington DC last week to speak at a conference on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. Monteiro’s speech is here. Tweets sent during the meeting are here.

I hope everybody listened.

http://www.foodpolitics.com/2014/11/brazilian-dietary-guidelines-are-based-on-foods-food-patterns-and-meals-not-nutrients/

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