June 09, 2011The USDA introduced its first food guide in 1902. Known as the Atwater guide, it laid the foundation for recommended food groups and serving sizes. After 109 years and almost a dozen changes in content and form, the USDA has just published a new, simpler guide based on recent accepted nutritional research. As with any change, there are a variety of pro and con opinions about the new form, but let's look at what it says. Basic food groups are the same, but specific changes offer a clear view of the options available for a healthy diet.
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