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Diet Mixed Messages? Not!

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Don't blame mixed messages if you cannot stick to a healthy diet. A review of three prominent sets of dietary guidelines finds that, despite being derived from different nutrition research, all three essential messages are consistent: Eat more vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains, switch to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from plants, and cut back on saturated fat and sugar.

These dietary guidelines were consistent from the USDA's MyPyramid, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's DASH eating plan, and Harvard's Healthy Eating Pyramid. Researchers claim that these basic guidelines will not change even as the evidence base for optimal eating continues to evolve.

These guidelines tell you that if you want healthy and nutritious meals for you and your family, you should focus on nutrient-rich foods and limited calories from added sugar and added fat.