Chile’s new dietary guidelines
Even without speaking Spanish, you can see what they do that the US Dietary Guidelines do not. They emphasize:
- Sustainability (the forbidden word in the 2020-2025 US Guideines)
- Fresh, minimally processed foods–“Avoid products ultra-processed and labeled as “high in” (“ultra-processed is not mentioned in the US Guidelines)
- Home cooking
- Respect for traditional cultural values
- Farmers’ markets
One odd message: “Consume làcteos en todas las etapas de la vida,” which I translate as “Consume dairy foods through all stages of life.”
I’m wondering how that got in there and guessing that Chile must have a powerful dairy industry.
But I hope the new, soon to be appointed, I’m told, 2025-2030 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will pay attention to Chile’s version. It has much to teach us.
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