The advisory committee appointed to oversee the science for the next set of Dietary Guidelines, in 2020 held its inaugural meeting last month—with some startling surprises. Most extraordinary was the government’s assertion that at a time when 60% of the population is afflicted with some kind of nutrition-related disease, the Guidelines will continue to be a policy for healthy Americans only.
How much salt is optimal for good health? According to a report last month by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), lower is indeed better. This conclusion contradicts the organization’s own 2013 investigation, however, and also ignores a large and growing body of research showing a moderate amount of salt to be ideal for heart health.
The process for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is underway in earnest. Last month, USDA-HHS, the agencies in charge of the DGA, selected the advisory committee, and that group will have its inaugural meeting on March 28th and 29th in Washington, DC. This will be the first of approximately five meetings.
USDA-HHS finally has announced the members of the advisory committee for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines, a powerful group of experts who will determine what constitutes a healthy diet. Their work has implications not only for nutrition and health in the United States but is likely to influence food policy in many parts of the world.
The EAT-Lancet Report published last week, with headlines globally, stated that to save both planetary and human health, the world’s population needed to cut back dramatically on red meat and other animal products. The prescription was very close to a vegan diet.
By Dr. Dawn Lemanne, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, and Dr. Jake Kushner
We have written an urgent letter to Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and we hope that you will consider joining us.
Every year in January, U.S. News & World Report publishes a cover story on what its experts consider the ‘best’ diets. The magazine consistently ranks two high-carbohydrate, low-fat diets, “DASH” and Mediterranean, at the top of its list despite the razor-thin base of rigorous evidence supporting health benefits for either of these.
As the leading government funder of nutrition research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking public comment on a draft strategy to “coordinate and accelerate” clinical research over the next 10 years. This is a perfect occasion to contribute your thoughts and help guide NIH research towards important, unresolved issues in nutrition science.
A new report on the continued alarming rise of diabetes in the U.S. illustrates how long-accepted dietary guidance has for decades failed to contain this costly and debilitating disease. As part of their State of American Well-being series, Gallup and Sharecare found that 11.5% of the U.S. adult population was diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes in 2016-2017, up from 10.8% in 2008-2009.
The U.S. military has a crisis on its hands, as obesity rates continue to rise, both among existing troops and potential recruits who are too fat to serve. Let’s hope our military leaders will take a hard look at its nutritional advice and explore all possible options to improve the health of the men and women who serve in uniform and protect our nation.