Tomato Products Highlighted in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines

For the first time, red vegetables were singled out as an important food you should be including in your diet more often, according to the recently announced 2010 Dietary Guidelines. After many long months, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a panel of the country’s leading nutrition scientists and experts, looked at the body of science, as well as America’s eating habits, in order to come up with a simple guide for optimal eating. This time around, the Dietary Guidelines took a broad approach to healthy eating in order to promote optimal nutrition to avoid chronic disease risk and a healthy weight — they focused on shifting to an overall healthy eating style.

What does a healthy eating style look like?

It’s a shift to a diet filled with nutrient-rich foods like lean meats and poultry, seafood, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds; and low in refined grains like white flour and sugar, solid fats, and sodium.

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