Statement from the Naturally Nutrient Rich Coalition
The United States Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) today released the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans – science-based dietary guidance that is updated every five years by the government.
The 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee indicated most Americans consume too many foods that are high in calories but low in nutrients. To address this concern, the new Guidelines reinforce a long-standing and widely accepted cornerstone of nutrition – nutrient density, or enjoying more foods that are naturally rich in nutrients first and selecting less nutrient-rich options as caloric requirements and physical activity levels allow.
Many consumers already embrace the concept of enjoying naturally nutrient-rich foods. According to a nationally representative survey of adults, more than 80 percent of respondents said they would be willing to change their diet based on a recommendation to eat naturally nutrient-rich foods first (IPSOS-Public Affairs, March 2004).
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