Many people, including we here at Sip & Savor, have been critical of the recommendations made earlier this year by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). We support providing people with fact-based information to help them achieve a balanced lifestyle. But the Committee’s recommendations are based on unsound nutritional science and in many cases overstepped the panel’s area of responsibility.
It is the responsibility of the Committee to make recommendations that are based in science. They’ve been wrong about many ingredients before and they are getting it wrong again. Most recently – after 20 years – the DGAC admitted that dietary cholesterol no longer warranted a warning. And when retracting their warning about cholesterol the committee admitted that the science wasn’t there in the first place to support the recommendation.
It is not acceptable for the DGAC to make recommendations that disregard scientific evidence. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans - which have an enormous impact nationwide - should be based on a totality of scientific evidence so Americans get real world dietary guidance that is also achievable. Instead of recommendations based on the opinions of certain individuals, the Committee should focus on helping all Americans achieve balance and moderation in their diets.