The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are finally here, and that means Oldways is ready comment on the points we agree with, and to provide the public with tools to easily apply these nutritional guidelines to daily life. Here’s a sampling of our take:


Oldways supports the Dietary Guidelines’ recommendations to:
  • Shift toward more plant foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and plant oils)
  • Limit sugar, salt, and saturated fat
  • Focus on overall healthy eating patterns like the Mediterranean Diet


We believe the Dietary Guidelines could go further by:
  • Encouraging Americans to make more than half of their grains whole
  • Emphasizing the quality of dairy products over their quantity
  • The DG’s depiction of the Mediterranean Diet was “Med Lite” — not the real Med Diet, which Oldways has been promoting for 25 years (we created the original Mediterranean Diet Pyramid)
  • We are disappointed that the Dietary Guidelines do not include a statement about sustainability, because the best dietary advice on the planet is meaningless if we aren’t able to produce or access the foods recommended for health


Despite the importance of the food-based guidelines put forward today, Oldways believes that the best dietary advice should be practical, emphasizing quality over quantity. To address this gap and translate dietary guidelines into easy action, today Oldways introduces the Oldways Cart, which shows a week’s worth of groceries for two adults. An accompanying shopping list and meal plan detail how this sample cartful of foods can be mixed and matched to make up a healthy diet, in line with the original intentions of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Check out the freshly released Oldways Cart materials here.


For 25 years, we’ve been one of America’s leading voices in nutrition communication, changing consumer behavior with initiatives like our Whole Grain Stamp, Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, and “A Taste of African Heritage” cooking classes. We can arrange an interview with an Oldways expert including:
  • Sara Baer-Sinnott, President of Oldways
  • Cynthia Harriman, Director of Food & Nutrition Strategies for Oldways & The Whole Grains Council
  • Kelly Toups, MLA, RD, LDN, Oldways Program Manager and staff dietitian
Our Science & Media Clearinghouse connects the media with prominent scientists — many of which presented at our recent Finding Common Ground conference (and also appear in the new In Defense of Food documentary) — that are also available for comment and analysis. Check out the list of scientists and topics on our website (we’re adding more scientists regularly).
Call or email Ashley Owen, Oldways’ Public Relations and Media Manager (617-896-4888), for more information on anything related to the Oldways Cart or 2015 Dietary Guidelines.

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