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New Alternative to USDA Dietary Guidelines Nearly Twice as Effective in Reducing Risk for Major Chronic Disease Harvard Study challenges USDA Dietary Guidelines

…Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health developed and alternative to the current U.S. food pyramid that may significantly reduce the risk for major chronic diseases. Researchers assessed the diets of 100,000 men and women and found the lowered risk for major chronic diseases to be nearly twice as high for those who followed the new guidelines compared to those who followed the USDA guidelines. According to the researchers, foremost among their concerns about the current guidelines is the USDA pyramid’s emphasis on large amounts of carbohydrates and lack of distinction among sources of protein. The Alternate Healthy Eating Index proposed by the Harvard scientists highlights specific dietary patterns associated with lower chronic disease risk and also emphasize the quality of food choices. For more information about the study.

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