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U. S. Panel Looks at the Whole Plate when developing 2015 Dietary Guidelines

8/15/2015
When it comes to a healthful diet, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That''s the new approach a nutritional advisory committee has taken in its recommendations to the federal government for the upcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
 
Rather than focus on individual foods and nutrients, as Dietary Guidelines Advisory committees have in years past, the committee focused on overall dietary patterns that correlate with positive health outcomes.
 
"I think it''s a really important paradigm shift," says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and member of the advisory committee. "In real life, we don''t eat isolated nutrients or foods. We eat complex meals, so it makes sense to look at the totality of diet: foods and nutrients in the combination, frequency and quantity that they are habitually consumed."
 
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