So it may or may not be news to some of you that the America's Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (ADGAC) recently released their 2015 recommendations. For those of you that don't know what in the world I'm talking about, the ADGAC is a group of experts that submit dietary guidelines by reviewing current scientific evidence to the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in order to promote the health and well-being of American citizens.1 The report outlines non-binding recommendations, which basically means that the higher-up committees such as the USDA will take the information under advisement but can pick and choose how it will affect policy and what role the government might play (if any) in implementing the recommendations.1
Why do I care about this as a Canadian dietitian? Well as we all know, what happens in America often has a direct effect on what happens in Canada. As westernized countries we often takes cues from one another on how to use/implement advances in science, technology, medicine, and in this case - nutrition. Needless to say, although this report was written for America, it certainly applies to the Canadian population as well. The report is written for use by nutrition and health professionals (enter the RDs) and is a great summary of the most recent science-based nutrition literature. I'd be lying if I said I read the whole report (it's 571 pages) but you can take a look at the executive summary here, and I have linked several articles that discuss the report below. If you are interested in reading the full report (and good on ya!) click here for the pdf.