Nutrition times … they are a changing – and what great timing for our What The Fat? team
For those who might not yet have been caught up in the hype, let me be the bearer of good news. The dietary guidelines in America could be about to change. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has drafted and released an evidence-based Scientific Report outlining recommendations and rational for the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans – due out later this year. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (“The Academy”), which is the largest association of food and nutrition professionals in the United States, has opportunity to comment and publicly commends the DGAC on this report.
The main gist of their report and the possible outcomes are as follows:
- Cholesterol has been dropped as a nutrient of concern and it is likely that cholesterol limits will be removed.
- Saturated fat has been de-emphasised as a nutrient of concern because of the lack of evidence linking it to cardiovascular disease.
- The blanket “low salt” guideline will likely disappear due to the emerging evidence suggesting that low sodium intakes are associated with increased mortality for healthy individuals.
- There will likely be an increased focus on the reduction of added sugars as a key public health concern.
All I can say is … if the final version of the dietary guidelines do in fact reflect the contents of the report, the US lead the way, and no doubt other countries will follow. Those academics and practitioners and general folk out there that have been publicly and privately slamming those of us who have been trying to spread this message will need to swallow their pride and eat humble low-carb, healthy fat pie!!
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