The American Heart Association updated its dietary guidelines for the first time in 15 years. It asks Americans to create sustainable eating habits rather than go on fad diets like a hop-on-hop-off bus.
The guidance also addresses sustainability for the first time, “noting that heart-healthy eating patterns are also good for the environment.” For example, the guidelines suggest using “non-tropical plant oils” rather than, say, palm oil, which contributes to deforestation and isn’t good for you anyway.
The guidelines take into account the American habit of eating out and encourage Americans to follow the same principles wherever they eat. Other guidelines include an emphasis on fruits and vegetables, plant proteins such as nuts and legumes, limiting red and processed meats and limiting alcohol consumption and “if you don’t drink, do not start.”