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Article Recommends Lifting Limits on Total Fat Intake in DGA

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

In a Viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association , researchers from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and Boston Children's Hospital call on the federal government to drop restrictions on total fat consumption in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). The researchers note that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) did not propose restricting total fat consumption for the first time since 1980. The current guidelines suggest that no more than 35 percent of daily calories come from fat. The researchers also highlight the potential adverse health consequences of recommending low-fat diets, given that consumers often replace healthy, high-fat foods with refined grains and added sugars, which contribute to metabolic dysfunction, obesity and other chronic diseases. The article underscores the lack of scientific basis in limiting fat intake, and calls on government agencies and programs to lift the limit on total fat, including the National School Lunch Program, which recently banned whole milk while keeping sugar-sweetened non-fat milk on cafeteria menus, and the FDA, which remains strongly low-fat focused in its regulations.

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