You are here: Home Food & Kitchen Beverages Brazil Food Guidelines Blow the U.S. Out of the Water Brazil Food Guidelines Blow the U.S. Out of the Water Brazil released a new set of food guidelines, and they're kind of a game-changer. The Brazil food guidelines take a refreshing approach to healthy eating. by andreabertoli March 24, 2015, 5:00 am Brazil released a new set of food guidelines, and they’re kind of a game-changer. The Brazil food guidelines take a refreshing approach to healthy eating. Eat this, don’t eat that, eat this way. Does it seem like everyday the food rules are changing? Whether it’s a new fad diet (looking at you Paleo), a new food trend (green smoothies rock, though!) or even new rules, it seems like there’s always someone telling us how to eat. Often these rules are selectively studied, of funded by sources that might have a say in the outcome. Solid nutritional advice can be hard to find among all the noise, especially here in America. Related: Added Sugar is Worse for Your Body than Salt As VOX explains it, our country takes a very punitive approach to eating: how much of this, this many calories per day, and the like. But the new Brazil food guidelines set a delicious example that can apply broadly and easily to people in all walks of life. These rules are being held up as a a shining example of good food rules that revolve around honoring healthier traditions and bring sensibility and mindfulness to the table. As featured in Grist last week, there have been some positive changes in Brazil’s nutrition wisdom, which are being recognized far and wide and sensible, approachable and helpful. The news from Brazil is especially refreshing, considering that, like in America, they are facing a health crisis of lifestyle diseases. Overly processed foods and sugar are heavy in the Brazilian diet, while staple foods like rice and beans are being consumed less and less. The new guidelines focus on simple changes and new rules about calories or grams of fat. The main point is to encourage eaters to choose a more whole-foods diet and make time for cooking and eating with friends. These two things make a big difference for health outcomes. If people are cooking less, they are likely eating processed foods loaded with oil and sugar, and if they are cooking at home, even if they are using oil and fat, it’s in more moderate amounts and eaten in a way that is more mindful and can help improve one’s relationship with food. Related: Benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Diet You can read a great interview on Grist with Dr. Carlos Monteiro from the University of Sao Paulo, whose Center for Epidemiological Studies in Health and Nutrition to learn more about why the guidelines were created and how the doctor thinks they will help the health of the country. You can read the full document of Brazil food guidelines here (in English) Syndicated with permission from Vibrant Wellness Journal. See more Previous article The DIY Biogas Plant: Turn Your Organic Wastes Into Cooking Fuel Next article 5 Steps to Start a Front Yard Community Garden #FoodisFree Written by andreabertoli Andrea is a marketing and media professional focused on mission-driven businesses. She currently manages sales at CleanTechnica, the world’s largest cleantech news website. She has worked at startups, in small businesses, and as a freelancer, and brings years of marketing, event management, and community outreach skills to our team. She’s also a plant-based chef, author, and educator, and teaches monthly cooking classes, manages a wellness website, and is always in the kitchen making delicious foods – which you can peek on. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.