The Guidelines recommend diets that are nutritionally insufficient

The 2015 DGA expert report recommends diets that are nutritionally insufficient:

“The nutrients for which adequacy goals are not met in almost all [recommended dietary patterns] are potassium, vitamin D, vitamin E, and choline.” — Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, (Part D, Ch 1, p. 22, lines 827-828)(Appendix E-3.1, Text and Figure 4).

The report notes that “underconsumption of the essential nutrients vitamin D, calcium, potassium” are “public health concerns for the majority of the U.S. population” — yet the foods recommended by the DGAs don’t solve this problem.

To meet sufficiency for iron and folate, the DGAs recommend three to five servings a day of fortified, refined grains (such as breakfast cereals).

Yet it’s not clear that nutrients from fortified foods are as “bioavailable”

For more information, see the nutritional sufficiency analysis of the DGAs here.

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