How ‘Healthy Diets’ Have Changed Over The Decade

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If you’re confused about all the conflicting dietary and nutritional advice out there, you’re not alone. Every week, it seems as if researchers are learning something new about the foods that will help us stay mentally sharp, slender and disease-free — as well as those foods that will make us sluggish, soft and bed-ridden.

There’s a reason for that, of course. Scientific knowledge is constantly in flux, with new findings and reinterpretations of data as time goes on. To keep up with it all, the U.S. government convenes a Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to review and summarize everything we know about nutritional research so far, with the hope that it will guide U.S. food policy and nutrition programs in schools, the military and other public institutions that prepare food, educate people about nutrition or provide food assistance.

The reports, published every five years, also serve as a useful look back at what we believed was the best way to eat and drink ourselves to health in previous generations. To celebrate The Huffington Post’s 10th anniversary, we took a look at how nutrition and health research has evolved over the decade since our launch back in 2005.

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Then: All about the calories
Back in 2005, the best nutrition research out there counseled Americans to count calories in order to control weight. It didn’t matter what proportions of food people ate — instead, it was all about maintaining a healthy balance of calories eaten versus calories spent in exercise.

“When it comes to weight control, calories do count — not the proportions of carbohydrate, fat, and protein in the diet,” wrote researchers in 2005. “Energy expended must equal energy consumed to stay at the same weight. A deficit could be achieved by eating less, being more active —> Read More