The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s Comments on Dietary Guidelines for 2015-2020

“carbohydrates contribute a greater amount to the risk for cardiovascular disease than saturated fat, so the replacement [reduction] of carbohydrate will necessarily result in a greater improvement in risk.”

These are comments made by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020. The academy does not entirely agree with the guidelines made. While we are still being taught as dietitians that saturated fat causes cardiovascular disease and a minimum of 130 g of carbohydrates is necessary everyday, this is not backed by concrete research and there are many studies that have been performed that counteract this. A student at UND and I wrote a research paper on low carbohydrate diets that included these comments. I will release this in the next post.

Also check out their comments on sodium –> there is not research to back up that 2,300 mg/day is necessary for a person with no current diseases to consume to achieve health.

“There is a distinct and growing lack of scientific consensus on making a single sodium consumption recommendation for all Americans, owing to a growing body of research suggesting that the low sodium intake levels recommended by the DGAC are actually associated with increased mortality for healthy individuals. The Academy encourages HHS and USDA to carefully draft the 2015 Dietary Guidelines in light of these findings, while recognizing the ongoing need for a subset of the population to hear and abide by the existing low sodium recommendation. The Academy is also concerned that the Scientific Report’s section on sodium intake appears to use the conclusions of several studies that specified they were only for those “who would benefit from blood pressure lowering” as a basis for making a general recommendation that all American adults consume less than 2,300 mg/day of sodium. There are instances in which it is reasonable to make recommendations that are expected to benefit only a subset of a population if the benefits far outweigh the risks, but as noted above, dietary sodium restriction is not one of them.”

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