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USDA Reclassifies Wine As Fruit, Coffee And Chocolate As Vegetables

imageWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – If you consume wine and coffee or eat chocolates on a regular basis, you no longer need to feel guilty about it.

In a stunning announcement today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reclassified wine as fruit and coffee and chocolate as vegetables. This means that it will now be much easier for Americans to follow the government’s nutritional guide, MyPlate, released in June, 2011.

MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the USDA — a pie chart depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into five food groups. It replaced the USDA’s MyPyramid guide, ending 19 years of USDA food pyramid diagrams.

MyPlate is divided into sections of approximately 30 percent grains, 40 percent vegetables, 10 percent fruits and 20 percent protein, accompanied by a smaller circle representing dairy, such as a glass of milk or a yogurt cup.

MyPlate is supplemented with additional recommendations, such as “Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.”

USDA says that it just makes sense to classify wine as fruit since it comes from grapes, and to consider both coffee and chocolate as vegetables because they come from plants.

For many years now, consumers have been barraged with studies and news articles about the health benefits of wine, coffee and chocolate. The USDA announcement should not come as a surprise.

Here’s to a healthier, fun diet!

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BOTANICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA RECLASSIFIES MANY VEGETABLES AS FRUITS

Fruits or vegetables?
Fruits or vegetables?

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (The Adobo Chronicles) – The next time your mom or grandma says to you, “Eat your vegetables,” she will no longer be referring to broccoli, carrots, zucchini, tomatoes or asparagus.

Today, the Botanical Society of America (BSA) formally ended the decades-long debate among bonanists, nutritionists and culinary experts about whether some plant produce are considered fruits or vegetables.

It an official memorandum approved by majority of its members, BSA ruled that vegetables that are not “leafy green ” will now be officially classified as fruits. These include, but are not limited to, broccoli, carrots, corn, asparagus, zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers green beans, celery stalks, eggplants, okra, pototoes, chayote, even some varieties of cabbage and lettuce.

So next time you are told to eat your vegetables, your mom could be referring to kale, spinach, green lettuce, collards, chards and green onions.

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT: “DIET WATER ESSENTIAL TO HEALTH AND NUTRITION”

diet-water-12066Washington, 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. 225x180_my_plate_usda

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.