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By: Ann Bouchoux   Date: 11/6/09

The last two days have been big ones in the nutrition world, as the committee responsible for determining the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans met to discuss their progress evaluating the research and graded the evidence that will go into new Guidelines.
This Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is divided into several Subcommittees to address specific pertinent issues including:
  • Nutrient Adequacy
  • Carbohydrates and Protein
  • Sodium, Potassium and Water
  • Energy Balance and Weight Management
  • Food Safety and Technology
  • Fatty Acids and Ethanol
Each Subcommittee’s review of the evidence-based science will guide the development of the final report, which will be submitted to the Secretaries of USDA and DHHS in 2010. 
Our Key Takeaways
International Food Information Council Foundation staff monitored the two-day meeting and noted a few common themes throughout the discussions. First and foremost, the Advisory Committee agreed that obesity is an overarching factor for each of the questions that the Subcommittees are considering. The group acknowledged that designing a diet with the ideal distribution of macronutrients is going to be a complex challenge. 
Another theme is that more research needs to be reviewed prior to coming to conclusions to guide nutrition recommendations for most of the issues under consideration. The Advisory Committee, made up of volunteers who are world-respected scientists, has taken on an enormous responsibility and has committed a lot of time and expertise to the process. Our staff was worn out by 5PM on Thursday—The Committee must have been completely exhausted.
Transcripts and a Web cast recording of this weeks meeting will be posted online at when available.  This was the fourth meeting in the Dietary Guidelines development process with two more to go.   
The next meeting of the Advisory Committee will be in February, 2010 while a final meeting to vote on the report will be next spring.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture will jointly release the report next fall.  You can submit and review comments for the Advisory Committee here.





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