Washington, D.C. – Every 5 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly issue “Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” aimed at providing authoritative advice about consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active to attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health.
The latest edition of the guidelines came out in 2010. A year later, the USDA and HHS revised what Americans have always been taught about nutrition through the “food pyramid,” replacing it with the “food plate.” Largely based on the 2010 guidelines, the food plate focuses on food groups and portions of each group as part of a healthy diet. One-half of the plate consists of vegetables and fruits, and a quarter each of proteins, grains and dairy.
Today, the USDA and HHS presented a preview of the next guidelines that will be released in 2015. They pretty much are the same as the 2010 guidelines except for the addition of diet water. Government researchers have concluded that diet water is essential for good nutrition.
Over the years, millions of Americans have turned to bottled water as part of their daily nutritional intake, thinking that bottled water greatly contributes to a healthy diet. “However, Americans have been drinking the wrong kind of bottled water,” the USDA and HHS pointed out. “They should be drinking diet water instead.”
“Americans should follow the example of the Japanese,” HHS said. “They are among the healthiest people in the world, living up to their centenarian years. This is because of the healthy foods they eat and the diet water they drink.”
So far, diet water is produced and bottled only in Japan, but other countries have begun to establish diet water plants in anticipation of a surge in demand, especially upon learning of the impending 2015 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. government.