A food fight is shaping up in Washington over what the federal government should — and shouldn’t — be telling Americans about their diets.
Every five years, the USDA updates its official dietary guidelines to keep up with the latest science on healthy nutrition. The 2015 guidelines are expected to be published by the end of the year, and a draft of the updated recommendations has sparked controversy for clinging to dietary ideas that some experts say are not supported by recent research and may even be counterproductive.
Milk, in particular, is becoming a focus of debate.
The dietary guidelines have long recommended low-fat or non-fat milk over whole milk, which is higher in saturated fas, and the latest draft sticks with that advice.
“The U.S. population should be encouraged and guided to consume dietary patterns that are rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, seafood, legumes, and nuts; [and] moderate in low- and non-fat dairy products,” the document states. “Care should be taken to minimize the amount of calories from added sugars and high-fat dairy.”