The Dietary Guidelines For Nutrition And Human Needs

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According to the History of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans , In 1977 after years of scientific review and controversy the US Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, led by Senator George McGovern, recommended Dietary Goals for the American people (US Senate Select Committee, 1977). The Goals included complementary nutrient-based and food-based recommendations. The first goal aim attention at energy balance and urged that, to prevent overweight, Americans should endure only as much energy as they are necessary. Overweight Americans should consume less energy and expend more energy. For the nutrient-based Goals, the Senate Committee recommended Americans, boost their consumption of complex carbohydrates and “naturally occurring sugars;” and make less consumption of refined and processed sugars, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium (1).) The beginning of the Dietary Goals encounter debates and controversy, as industry groups and the scientific community expressed questioning that the science available at the time supported the specificity of the numbers provided in the Dietary Goals. To support the credibility of the science used by the Committee, the US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Health and Human Services (then called the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare) scientists from the two Departments acquire additional expertise from the scientific community throughout the country to address the public’s need for…
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