This week the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee held its last meeting and shared highlights of their draft report that will be released in early 2015 for public comment. The new recommendations were framed as a “catalyst for change.” Three food models were presented as options for Americans to use to reach their daily nutrient goals – healthy U.S., healthy Mediterranean and vegetarian models were discussed.
There was an emphasis on the need for additional consumption and encouragement of whole grains. The panel also talked about the need to limit consumption of refined grains, with high levels of added sugar, saturated fat and sodium. The panel revealed that based on the 2013 IOM Sodium Report, there would be no change in the 2300mg sodium recommendation but that there would be messages developed to encourage reduction of sodium in the American diet. There were hints that economic incentives should be explored to cur consumption of added sugars, saturated fats and sodium.
The DGAC also discussed other suggestions for developing healthier eating patterns including incorporation of healthy food policies at schools and workplaces. Examination of how environmental sustainability issues and the influence of dietary choices was also discussed. The draft report expected in January 2015 will then proceed to further review and work by the staff of HHS and USDA to finalize a report by the end of 2015. During that time, there will be a public meeting in the spring to allow interested parties to respond both orally and in writing to the draft report. ABA will lead the Grain Chain in its review and response.