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What would you tell the 2015 Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee?

Every five years the USDA and HHS revise their Dietary Guidelines for Americans, DAG. The last DAG was in 2010. The process for the 2015 DAG has already started.

The public is encouraged to submit comments,

If your personal experience runs contrary to the DAG, you have a chance to let your story to be known.

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    Jul 4 2013: i would tell them: go home, and give your salary to charity.
    • Jul 4 2013: There are many of us who don't pay attention the the DGA, so don't see why it is important. The issue is not your personal health, but public health. The DGA is used to guide all Federal programs, and many states and private institutions also follow them. We may not be personally affected until you have a prolonged stay at a hospital, and have to eat a diet which is based on the DGA.
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        Jul 4 2013: "The DGA is used to guide all Federal programs"

        and this is my problem. there should be no such programs at all.
    • Jul 22 2013: Bravo!!!! You took my words out of my mouth. Yes! They should go home and do some useful thing, really. Come on people, look what they give to patients in hospitals! And you call it food? And all of that by "recommendations" of those in DGAC.If they so ego to "help" they should volunteer.
      And one more thing emphases has to be not on calories BUT NO GMO, NO PROCESSED REFINED FOOD,

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    Jul 25 2013: well, micheal, I've talked in many TED conversations about my all-skim-milk diet, for the last five years I've been living on skim milk, every day I drink 1-2 gallons of skim milk and hardly eat or drink anything else. For me it has been good, I've lost a lot of weight and also just generally feel better I think even apart from the weight loss. I've been trying to get this diet approved by the nutrition "establishment," which has involved some dealings with the DGAC. I've even talked once to Barbara Millen, the head of the 2015 DGAC, on the phone. But as far as I can see, just posting comments on the DGAC website is somewhat weak, you never know if anyone has read them or what they've done with them. I'm trying to ascertain now how my diet might get approved, it looks like it has to be done with experiements, it has to be verified with more subjects than just me that it really is a good diet and people can stay healthy on it, and even be healthier than on a more typical diet.
  • Jul 14 2013: There was an interesting podcast on Jimmy Moore's website about how the DGAC works. One of the criticisms was the scientific basis of the recommendation was not really verified. Here is the link to the podcast:
  • Jul 6 2013: I have a comment on the DAG format or "recipe" food list. I have Type 2 diabetes but it's reasonably under control. But the DAG is really for all people, rather than diabetics. My problem is related to the practical execution of the recommended diet content of the food on the "plate". I usually buy foods rich in whole grain and low in fat, salt,and sugar. But my wife refuses to drink low fat milk. She prefers white bread or wheat bread with lot of sugar, but no whole grain of any kind.
    Only recently she started to eat less meat and more vegetables.
    What I am saying is if we stick to the common recipe in making bread or pasta or rice in soups, etc. Then we can never make many people to switch from McDonalds or Burger Kings to even grocery-ready foods. What I would suggest is that AHA should recommend some slight variation to some popular food items like follows:
    Hamburger buns with sesame seeds or grounded walnuts or pine nuts
    Loaf whole wheat bread with barley or oats mixed in, or multi-grain or bread with cinnamon swirls (for breakfast toast).
    Similarly, pasta with some vegetable grinds or even mixed with little pepper powders.
    In other word, make all these more tasty, more palatable, or at least less boring. Regardless how nutritious/good the "plate" of food is, it won't sell when nobody wants to eat them.
    • Jul 6 2013: There are many dietary patterns that run contrary to the DGA, but have a loyal following and claim many success stories. One group says that saturated fat in whole milk is perfectly safe and healthy. Another group says that all milk, even skim, is bad because of its casein protein. The problem with the DGA is that they make people scared of fat, so they consume low-fat foods which tend to have more sugar.
      • Jul 9 2013: Often times, it's these guidelines that perpetuate an unbalanced diet. For example, making people scared of fat, as you pointed out.
  • Jul 4 2013: There was a comment that the DAG already recommends against sugar. The problem is that it just calls sugar empty calories, exchangeable with other calories from other foods. There is no warning about how sugar promotes diabetes. This allowed the USDA school lunch program to allow sugared skim milk while not allowing whole milk. But even as empty calories, there is no recommended limit for sugar consumption. Here is a comment submitted to the 2015 DGA database:

    Deborah Kennedy PhD Comment ID #11
    Submitted 06/23/2013

    "I think the time has come to create a recommendation for added sugar in an individual's diet. By taking the recommendation for 'empty calories' and the AHA's recommendation that no more than half these calories should be used for added sugars, a solid number can be obtained. When you calculate the added sugar intake from DGA 2010, the numbers show that many children are practically eating their weight in sugar every year. We can not wait another 5 years to have a daily limit for added sugar; to have a % DV on labels; and to encourage manufactures to calculate and disclose added sugar versus sugar naturally present (in dairy and fruit) in their products. I spent a year creating an added sugar database based on existing science and would be happy to discuss this with you and/or be part of the panel discussion on this topic."
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    • Jul 4 2013: I think your observation is just a part of a bigger problem with the DGA. It seems that the DGA is too narrowly focuses and needs to take a more holistic approach.
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