Preview of Dietary Guidelines 2010

April 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines, which must be reviewed every 5 years, are under review. At its fifth meeting of six, the committee focused on: sodium intake, sweetened drinks, and adequate milk intake.

Reduction in Sweetened Beverages Among Children
According to a report issued by the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), with regard to drinkable carbohydrates, there is a consistent relationship between soft drink intake and weight gain. “For overweight and obese children, there will be efforts to reduce overall energy intake with a focus on reducing added sugars (mainly in the form of soft drinks and sugar sweetened beverages), sodium and saturated fat intake.”

Cutting Sodium Recommendations
A lower recommended maximum intake of sodium to 1,500mg per day, is under consideration, as compared to the current limit of 2,300mg, which is consistent with CDC findings for those deemed at risk of sodium-related illness–nearly 70 percent of the population–including blacks, everyone over age 40, and those with high blood pressure. Official estimates of average American sodium intake range from 3,400mg to 4,000mg a day.

Milk Alternatives
Given concerns about a lack of alternatives for milk and dairy products for those with lactose intolerance, soy milk is a viable
alternative as it is “closest in nutrients to traditional milk,” according to ASN. Consumers who want or need to avoid milk will be advised to choose lactose-reduced, lactose-free or soy milk instead. However, before imposing dietary restrictions, parents are cautioned against self diagnosing their children or themselves as there may be other reasons for the physical discomfort which is best assessment by a health professional.

Final proposed recommendations are due to be presented at the final Committee meeting on May 12. A comment period is expected to open in June, with the full 2010 guidelines to be published later this year. That said, parents can preemptively act on this areas of concern where their children are affected, such as:

  • Encourage more milk and water (or seltzer) in place of sweetened sodas and drinks
  • Sodium is hiding in most processed and prepared foods, such as deli meats, cheese, breads, canned goods and frozen foods. It is also disguised as different names on food packages:
    • Sodium nitrate and sodium benzoate (preservatives)
    • Sodium phosphate and sodium caseinate (increases texture to foods)
    • Monosodium glutamate and sodium saccharin (enhances  flavors)

Entry filed under: Food Ingredients, Making Meals that Matter, Nutrition News.

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