The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has released its most recent report on recommendations for the American diet, and it may just change the way you eat!
Big changes may be coming to our nation’s dietary guidelines, which inform everything from school lunch programs to nutrition facts labels to the personal recommendations you get from your doctor or dietitian
. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has released its most recent report on recommendations for the American diet, and it may just change the way you eat!
After extensive review of the latest research, the committee is recommending several key changes to the guidelines that introduce new limits, relax old limits and even take a certain infamous micronutrient off the watch list. That’s not all. The committee is even recommending certain dietary changes that not only impact nutrition but also the environment. So far, these are only recommendations. In the next several months, the committee will be accepting comments on the proposal and is expected to release the final guidelines by the end of 2015. When the final guidelines are released, these are some of the much anticipated and highly publicized changes you may be seeing and hearing:
Eat less red and processed meat – To help reduce the intake of saturated fat as well as positively impact the environment, the committee has recommended reduced intake of red meat.
Dropping cholesterol limits – After extensive review of existing research on the impact of dietary cholesterol (to be distinguished from the cholesterol created by the body itself) on health, the committee determined that, "Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."
Adding limits on added sugars – With the growing consumption of added sugars and the correlating increase in daily calories consumed, the committee is recommending a new daily limit. The final guidelines released at the end of the year may include a limit of 10% of total calories or approximately 200 calories per day from added sugar.
Loosening salt limits to 2300 mg per day – While the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is recommending a slightly higher limit for daily sodium intake, it is still strongly advising Americans to cut back on sodium. The average American gets approximately 3400 mg of sodium per day, which is still well above the new higher recommended limit.
These are just some of the new recommendations included in the most recent Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The final guidelines are due to be released by year end after a comment period.
What do you think of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s new recommendations?
Many of the recommendations in the report fall right in line with Healthy Dining’s nutrition criteria for healthier menu choices at restaurants. When dining out, opt for dietitian-recommended choices like these rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins: