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June 23/30, 2015

The 2015 US Dietary Guidelines: Lifting the Ban on Total Dietary Fat

Author Affiliations
  • 1Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2015;313(24):2421-2422. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5941

Every 5 years, the US Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services jointly release the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These guidelines have far-reaching influences across the food supply, including for schools, government cafeterias, the military, food assistance programs, agricultural production, restaurant recipes, and industry food formulations. An accurate revision of the Dietary Guidelines is crucial to the health of millions of people. Integral to this process is the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) report, just released,1 prepared by appointed scientists who systematically review the literature and provide evidence-based recommendations to the secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. In the coming months, the secretaries will review the DGAC recommendations; consider comments from the public, academics, advocacy groups, and industry; and finalize the Dietary Guidelines.

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