Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commends Strong, Evidence-Based Dietary Guidelines Report

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    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commends Strong, Evidence-Based Dietary Guidelines Report

      Really interesting news which I hope trickles down to us!

      Basically what the article is saying is that in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans they're recommending to totally drop dietary cholesterol as a concern and to deemphasize saturated fats as a concern, due to lack of scientific evidence. Not only that, they express concerns on blanket sodium restrictions and admit evidence of potential harm from restricting salt in healthy people! :thumbsup:

      Then to add to that, they wish to increase emphasis on reducing sugars!

      Now we just need them to admit the problems with grains!

      Newswise — The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, commends the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for drafting a strong, evidence-based Scientific Report outlining recommendations and rational for the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Academy supports these recommendations that will improve how and what Americans eat.

      “The Academy applauds the evidence-based systematic review of the literature, which is vital to the DGAC’s assessment of the science,” said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Sonja L. Connor. “We commend the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture for their commitment to the Nutrition Evidence Library and their ongoing efforts to strengthen the evidence-based approach for assessing the scientific literature for future dietary recommendations.”

      In comments recently submitted to USDA and HHS, the Academy supports the DGAC in its decision to drop dietary cholesterol from the nutrients of concern list and recommends it deemphasize saturated fat from nutrients of concern, given the lack of evidence connecting it with cardiovascular disease.

      “Despite some criticism suggesting that changed recommendations illustrate concerns about the validity of the nutrition science upon which the Dietary Guidelines are based, the DGAC should change its recommendations to be consistent with the best available science and to abide by its statutory mandate,” Connor said.

      The Academy also expresses concern over blanket sodium restriction recommendations in light of recent evidence of potential harm to the overall population. “There is a distinct and growing lack of scientific consensus on making a single sodium consumption recommendation for all Americans, owing to a growing body of research suggesting that the low sodium intake levels recommended by the DGAC are actually associated with increased mortality for healthy individuals,” Connor said.

      The Academy supports an increased focus on reduction of added sugars as a key public health concern. “Among the identified cross-cutting issues, the evidence is strongest that a reduction in the intake of added sugars will improve the health of the American public. The identification and recognition of the specific health risks posed by added sugars represents an important step forward for public health,” Connor said.

      In its comments, Academy also emphasizes that enhanced nutrition education is imperative to any effective implementation. “It is critical to ensure that individuals making diet and behavior changes in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines have access to the resources and support necessary to succeed. HHS and USDA must have sufficient resources to commit to improving a number of initiatives,” Connor said.

      “The Academy appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Scientific Report and to serve as a resource to HHS and USDA as they finalize the 2015 Dietary Guidelines and develop resources to implement and promote their use,” Connor said.
      The final 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are expected to be released at the end of this year.
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    • Looks like the tide is turning.

      I think they need to highlight more the potential problems with excessive carbohydrate consumption, particularly simple carbohydrates, and the problems in general with foods that are made in factories.

      The Australian food pyramid has recently changed as well, and grains have been moved from the bottom tier of the pyramid to one level up. A small step in the right direction. But obviously not as big an admission as we'd like that they've had it wrong all this time.

      New food pyramid: Diagram updated for 2015

      It's going to be harder getting some "nutrition" bodies on board due to their funding:
      Revealed: Nutritional bodies funded by Big Sugar - I Quit Sugar
    • Most excessive carbohydrates and processed foods come from grains so by attacking grains you attack them too which I guess is why they're all so protective of having them as an essential food group which they're not.

      When I was pregnant in my orange folder was a pamphlet on diet during pregnancy with the recommendation of I think it was 11 serves of grains, that's way too much!
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