In my last post, the new recommendations were addressed. But what was missing? Were there gaps?
According to some experts, the final guidelines may have fallen short in a few key areas. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (some of whom served on the panel in developing the guidelines) believe these areas are:
*Sodium – 2300 mg/day is still the upper limit; many feel this should have been lowered to 1500 mg/day
*Vitamin D – new research has provided evidence that we may need to supplement our diets with Vitamin D since there are few food sources that provide us with adequate amounts; the current recommendation is less than 1000 mg/day, thought to be too low by experts
*Dairy – too much emphasis may be placed on this group as a calcium source, especially since much of the public does not consume low-fat dairy foods, as suggested
*Refined grains and red meat – too lax in recommen...
While many of you are probably aware of the food pyramid or MyPyramid, the logo for the Dietary Guidelines, most of you may not realize that the guidelines have very far-reaching implications – they direct federal nutrition and education programs that reach millions of Americans, including food stamps, the public school lunch and breakfast programs, and more. They also impact how food packaging is labeled.
Released on January 31st, there aren’t very dramatic changes from the 2005 guidelines, but some of the new nutrition recommendations are: