Thoughts on the New Dietary Guidelines?

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The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans are out, and our friend Marion Nestle brings up an interesting finding. The guidelines encourage patterns when it comes to positive behavior (e.g.-  "Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount") and specific nutrients when it comes to negative eating behavior (e.g.- "Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake.")

Why is this? Nestle contends the answer is simple: politics.

She writes:

"Recall that Congress weighed in with an Appropriations Bill that called for an investigation of the scientific basis of the Guidelines and granted $1 million to the National Academy of Medicine to take them over.

Recall also that the secretaries of USDA and HHS said that the Guidelines would not say anything about sustainability as a rationale for advising eating less meat."

Her article goes into much more detail and is definitely worth a read.

What do you think about the new dietary guidelines? Are politics at play? Are the recommendations moving in the right direction?

Topics: Nutrition