by Randy Hartnell
Late last month, an expert nutrition panel advising the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) on design of a new Food Guide Pyramid recommended that the new guidelines call for Americans to eat two 6-8 ounce servings of fish species high in omega-3 fatty acids, every week.
The current USDA Food Guide Pyramid calls for Americans to eat two to three servings of non-dairy protein food (meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, or nuts) per day. Thus, the panel’s new recommendation favors omega-3-rich fish over other non-dairy protein foods.
This time, the USDA’s expert advisors were asked to shift the focus of the Food Pyramid guidelines, from maintaining a healthy diet to losing weight. These were the panel’s key recommendations:
- Eat two servings (6-8 ounces each) per week of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids
- Exercise more
- Serve smaller portions at home and in restaurants.
- Concentrate on counting calories, and stop worrying about where the calories come from (i.e., from carbohydrates, fats, or proteins)
- Eat more fiber, less sugar (e.g., soda, candy) and fewer refined carbohydrates (white breads pasta, pastries).
Note: While some farmed salmon contains as many omega-3s as wild salmon, they also contain far more omega-6s, saturated fat, and associated calories, none of which support weight control or overall health!