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Anonymous Comment ID #907

12/17/2014

I am writing in support of the DGAC's plan to revise the guidelines to promote plant-based eating as the best for sustainability and health. Numerous studies have shown that plant based diets are so healthful, they are able to reverse heart disease (our number one killer), as well as diabetes. They can also prevent many cancers. In addition, it would be of most importance for the public to understand the true sustainability problem we face with animal agriculture today, and in the future. It is a waste of our resources, and should be taken seriously. Right now, we face a serious drought in CA, and no amount of reduced showers, or car washing would add up to the savings being achieved by the elimination of animal products in our diet. This is information that should not be kept from the public because of finical interests of the meat and dairy industries. Thank you!

Affiliation: Individual/Professional Organization:
Topic:
  • Eating Patterns-Diets (USDA Food Patterns, DASH, Vegetarian, Low Carb, Hi-Protein, etc.)
  • Sustainability

Anonymous Comment ID #906

12/16/2014

Dietary guidelines for food consumption should focus on the need for diversity in the diet, including both botanical diversity of staple crops, fruits and vegetables, as well as meat and dairy. The concept of whole grains to supply a major portion of the caloric intake is faulty. Pulse crops, root and tuber crops, and other non-cereal crops should receive equal weight when balancing a complete diet. Many non-cereal crops provide higher dietary fiber, protein, and nutrients than most cereal crops. These concepts are even more compelling when we consider that many cereal crops are consumed after removing the aleorone layer, the most nutritious component of the grass seed.

Affiliation: Educational Institution: Higher Education Organization: Colorado State University
Topic:
  • Carbohydrates (Added Sugars, Fiber, Glycemic Index, Whole Grains)
  • Food Groups (Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Dairy, Protein Foods)

Sarah Haynes MS HED Comment ID #905

12/16/2014

Dear Advisory Committee members,

As a Health Educator and Food Systems researcher, I find a couple of items in the FY 2015 Congressional Directives recommendations deplorable in reference to the sodium intake in school lunch program and the complete lack of disregard of new research citing current food production systems as a way to provide healthy and sustainable food sources. Considering the research out there that can be cited in numerous ways from paid employees and interest groups, I felt it is important as a voter to voice my concern as well.

I know that dietary guidelines in 2010 found that social ecological frameworks were employed as factors that determined dietary behaviors and I also appreciate the concentration on the environment. I applaud your council for broadening your research scope to use sustainability to reinvigorate our food intake.

I encourage your council to continue the good fight since your interest is in our health and it is such a shame that our congressional leaders feel that they can ignore the current research based on a for profit recommendation by the cattle industry. The cattle industry can also be a part of the sustainable plan, but it would not benefit their pockets or this "so-called" economy they support.

Their statement of remaining in your scope of research is an insult to the profession of much of the life blood in this country. While the council is looking at new research regarding sustainability, the same congressional document then faults the council for not using new, sound research for sodium intake guidelines in the school lunch program. What exactly do they want? The Congressional document is unclear in describing their process for deparmental budgets.

There is an obvious connection between food and agriculture andI only hope that it won't take another five years to recognize the importance of sustainability in our food systems.

Sincerely,

Sarah Haynes, MS
Health Promotion and Food Systems Research

Affiliation: Individual/Professional Organization: Individual
Topic:
  • Food Environment
  • Food industry approaches to reducing sodium, added sugars, and fats
  • Other
  • Sustainability

Anonymous Comment ID #904

12/16/2014

The ChooseMyPlate icon needs to illustrate the importance of consuming foods from each food group, for the benefits each provides. While the protein food group defines its nutrient, the other food groups lack this component. We recommend that each food group on "MyPlate" list it's defining main nutrient(s). The dairy group should include calcium, the Grain Group should include the B-Vitamin complex, the Fruit Group should include Vitamin C, and the Vegetable Group should include Vitamin A. With this addition, ChooseMyPlate would illustrate the importance of consuming foods from all food groups and the variety of nutrients the plate provides for the prevention of nutrient deficiencies.

Affiliation: Educational Institution: Secondary or School System Organization: High school
Topic:
  • Energy Balance (Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, Calorie Intake, Physical Activity)
  • Food Groups (Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Dairy, Protein Foods)
  • Lifespan Needs (Infants, Children, Pregnant Women, Older Adults, etc.)

Anonymous Comment ID #903

12/16/2014

Food and nutrient intakes and health-food groups
The ChooseMyPlate icon needs to illustrate the importance of consuming foods from each food group, for the benefits each provides. While the protein food group defines its nutrient, the other food groups lack this component. We recommend that each food group on "MyPlate" lists its defining main nutrients. The Dairy group should include calcium, the Grain group should include the B-Vitamin complex, the Fruit group should include Vitamin C, and the vegetable group should include Vitamin A. With this addition, ChooseMyPlate would illustrate the importance of comsuming food from all food groups and the variety of nutrients the plate provides for the prevention of nutrient deficiencies.

Food and physical activity behavior enviornment-energy balance
The Food Pyramid icon published in 2005 has a person running up stairs illustrating the importance of daily physical activity. "MyPlate" is difficient with the ccritical message for the provention of obesity and chronic diseases. We propose that the rim of the plate becomes a track and has a person performing physical activity.

Food and nutrient intakes, and health-lifespan needs
In the 1990s, the recommended amount of calcium for teenagers changed from 1200mg to 1300mg. The Daily Food Plan charts on the ChooseMyPlate.gov website do not reflect this important change for teenagers. The recommended amount illustrates only 3cups of milk to equal 900mg of calcium. A growing concern is that teenagers are not informed that they need more calcium during their formative years to prevent a deficiency over their lifetime. This should be reflected correctly for the dietary needs for teens.

Affiliation: Educational Institution: Secondary or School System Organization: Methuen high school
Topic:
  • Energy Balance (Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, Calorie Intake, Physical Activity)
  • Food Groups (Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Dairy, Protein Foods)
  • Lifespan Needs (Infants, Children, Pregnant Women, Older Adults, etc.)

Anonymous Comment ID #902

12/16/2014

I sincerely hope the upcoming guidelines will factor in the sustainability of food sources, despite what Congress has recently declared in its non-binding directive. The environmental impact of our food choices is incredibly important, too opaque, and often forgotten. It’s arguably about nutrition, as well. The sustainability of this year’s nutrition sources directly and indirectly affects next year’s options, and the year after, and so on. Any claim that food source sustainability is unrelated to nutrition is at best ignorant, and at worst malicious. The American people deserve this information.

Affiliation: Individual/Professional Organization: Droptype, Inc.
Topic:
  • Sustainability

John McDougall MD Comment ID #901

12/15/2014

The Dietary Guidelines need to direct Americans to eat a diet based on starches (beans, corn, potatoes, rice, etc.) with fruits and vegetables. Americans need to know that they are suffering from "food poisoning" due primarily to the consumption of animal foods (beef, cheese, chicken, fish, milk, pork etc.) and vegetable oils (canola, corn, olive, etc.). Breast, colon, and prostate cancers, type-2 diabetes, and obesity are common examples of food poisoning, Changing to a healthy diet will cause many common illnesses to reverse. Simple sugars and salt (sodium) are also important to reduce in our foods, but are overemphasized as health hazards (rather than fixing the blame properly on animal foods and vegetable oils).

Affiliation: Individual/Professional Organization: Dr. McDougall's Health & Medical Center
Topic:
  • Carbohydrates (Added Sugars, Fiber, Glycemic Index, Whole Grains)
  • Eating Patterns-Diets (USDA Food Patterns, DASH, Vegetarian, Low Carb, Hi-Protein, etc.)
  • Energy Balance (Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, Calorie Intake, Physical Activity)
  • Fats (Total Fat, Solid Fats, Oils, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol)
  • Food Environment
  • Food Groups (Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Dairy, Protein Foods)
  • Food industry approaches to reducing sodium, added sugars, and fats
  • Lifespan Needs (Infants, Children, Pregnant Women, Older Adults, etc.)
  • Micronutrients (Sodium, Potassium, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron)
  • Protein (Plant, Animal)
  • Sustainability

Gabriel Lopez Student Comment ID #900

12/15/2014

The ChooseMyPlate icon needs to illustrate the importance of consuming foods from each food group, for the benefits each provides. While the protein food group defines its nutrient, the other food groups lack this component. We recommend that each food group on "MyPlate" list its defining main nutrients. The dairy group should include calcium, the grain group should include the B-Vitamin complex, the fruit group should include Vitamin C, and the vegetable grop should include Vitamin A. With this addition, ChooseMyPlate would illustrate the importance of consuming foods from all food groups and the variety of nutrients the plate provides for the prevention of nutrient deficiencies.

The Food Pyramid icon in 2005 has a person running up stairs illustrating the importance of daily physical activity. "MyPlate" is a deficient with this critical message for the prevention of obesity and chronic diseases. We propose that the rim of the plate becomes a track and has a person performing physical activity.

Affiliation: Educational Institution: Secondary or School System Organization: Methuen High School
Topic:
  • Energy Balance (Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, Calorie Intake, Physical Activity)
  • Food Groups (Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Dairy, Protein Foods)

Anonymous Comment ID #899

12/15/2014

Food and Nutright Intakes,and Health-Food Groups

The choose my plate icon needs to illustrate the importantance of consuming foods from each food group,for the benefits each provides. white the protein food group defines its nutrient,the other food groups lack this component.we recommend that each food group on
"my plate " list its defining main nutritent (s). the dairy group should include calcium, the grain group should include the b-vitamin complex,the fruit group should include vitamin c, and the vegetable group should include vitamin a . with this addition. choose my plate would illustrate the importance of coursuming foods from all food groups and the variety of nutrients the plate provides for the prevention of nutrient deficiencies.

Affiliation: Educational Institution: Secondary or School System Organization: Methuen High School
Topic:
  • Energy Balance (Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, Calorie Intake, Physical Activity)
  • Food Groups (Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Dairy, Protein Foods)

Lisa Young PhD, RD Comment ID #898

12/15/2014

Please see attached letter.

Affiliation: Educational Institution: Higher Education Organization: New York University
Topic:
  • Behavior
  • Energy Balance (Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, Calorie Intake, Physical Activity)
  • Food Environment
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