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Link to the Dietary Guidelines website where you can find information on submitting comments: http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2015/comments/
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The government’s staff will consider those comments as they write the official 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Guidelines are important for informing the general public, health professionals, and journalists. And some of the key information in the Guidelines strongly influences school meals and other federal food programs.
The DGAC’s review of the evidence on the harm associated with Americans’ current levels of consumption of added sugars was thorough and produced several strong recommendations:
We urge you to submit written comments to encourage USDA and HHS to include those recommendations in the final, official version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The views of researchers, scientists, and health professionals who are versed in the science and research will be especially critical to informing the thinking and writing of federal officials.
Currently, the USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is recommending new guidelines which would recommend limiting added sugar consumption to no more than 10% of total calories for adults, in alignment with the American Heart Association recommendation.
1) Taxing unhealthy products;
2) Regulating foods high in saturated fats, salt and sugar;
3) Cracking down on junk food advertising;
4) Overhauling misguided agricultural subsidies that make certain ingredients cheaper than others; and
5) Supporting local food production so that consumers have access to healthy, fresh and nutritious foods.
“We need to understand that it isn’t the overconsuming of calories that leads to obesity and leads to diabetes. We need to totally change that around,” says DiNicolantonio. “It’s refined carbs and added sugars that lead to insulin resistance and diabetes, which leads to high insulin levels, which drives obesity.”
With your support, and the collaboration of the scientific community, the IRN will reach millions with world-class educational media and bring together the world’s leading nutrition scientists, pediatricians, moms, corporate executives and others to take action. Science will be the executive producer while the IRN builds a community 100,000 people strong with the goal to re-frame and re-tool our food system to reverse childhood obesity and diabetes in children.
Specifically, your support will make it possible for the IRN to build the world’s first Online Course that thoughtfully and deliberately illuminates and educates parents, children, and food producers on the impact of added sugar on health. This educational experience will change lives and accelerate the sea change occurring in our understanding of the science of sugar and its impact on metabolic health.
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