Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ask for changes in nutrition advice

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The USA  based Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics submitted comments supporting the scientific process used by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in drafting its recommendations for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Academy’s recommendations to the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services include:
1) Supporting the DGAC in its decision to drop dietary cholesterol from the nutrients of concern list and recommending it similarly drop saturated fat from nutrients of concern, given lack of evidence connecting it with cardiovascular disease;

2) Expressing concern over blanket sodium restriction recommendations in light of recent evidence of potential harm to the larger population;

3) Supporting an increased focus on reduction of added sugars as a key public health concern; and

4) Asserting that enhanced nutrition education is critical to any effective implementation.

The final 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are expected to be released at the end of this year.

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