You may have read that HHS and USDA released the "updated" US Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020 today: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/.
The public and other agencies had an opportunity to comment on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Report in the spring. HHS and USDA use information in the Advisory Report, along with comments from the public and federal agencies, to inform the new edition of the Dietary Guidelines (the policy). After the public comment period has closed, the two Departments drafted the 2015 policy, taking into consideration those comments. NCI subject experts Jill Reedy served on the writing committee and Sue Krebs Smith was a reviewer.
The specific recommendations fit into five overarching guidelines in the new edition:
- Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan. Eating patterns are the combination of foods and drinks that a person eats over time.
- Focus on variety, nutrient-dense foods, and amount
- Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats, and reduce sodium intake
- Shift to healthier food and beverage choices
- Support healthy eating patterns for all
As a registered dietitian, I faithfully follow the issuance of the guidelines - at least in my professional life. I am interested in knowing however if these guidelines impact your work in cancer control. Would it be helpful if R2R held a cyber-seminar or targetted discussion about this?
Let us know!
Happy New Year.
Below are links to some samples of today’s media coverage:
New Dietary Guidelines: Lean Meat OK, Cut the Added Sugars
Dietary Guidelines Update: Superfoods Are Out, Super Diets Are In
New Dietary Guidelines: Cut Sugar, Eat More Veggies
And, of course, The Onion