by Julie Gunlock
Independent Women’s Forum
June 16, 2014
Every five years, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) must update the U.S. Federal Dietary Guidelines. This process is intended to ensure the public is provided nutrition guidance based on the most up-to-date scientific research. Unfortunately, DGAC has gotten off track, moving away from its nutritional focus to consider environmental matters and other topics unrelated to diet and nutrition instead. As a result, consumers will be given confusing messages about nutrition. This will particularly affect lower-income Americans, who will be least able to follow DGAC’s recommendations. The effects may be worse still for Americans who depend on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (formerly known as food stamps) and children in school feeding programs, as the funding for both programs is influenced by DGAC guidelines. DGAC should return its focus to nutrition, and amend its deliberative process so that all Americans get practical and useful information about good eating habits.

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