New diet guidelines: A few steps forward, a few back

Published: March, 2014

For your heart and overall health, don't follow all of the government's healthy eating recommendations.

Every five years, the federal government tells us what we should eat to stay healthy. It's a daunting task, really, given how many of us there are (nearly 300 million), how different we are, and the ways the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are used. They not only inform the choices that we make as individuals but also direct school lunch programs, food services on military bases, and a host of other federal food programs.

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