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What foods should Americans eat - better information needed on nutritional quality of foods



What foods should Americans eat - better information needed on nutritional quality of foods







Recommendations are presented for meeting the growing need of consumers, the food industry, and government, for better information on the nutritional quality of foods. In a report prepared for Congress and the Secretaries of the USDA and HEW, factors involved in the development of nationally accepted nutrition principles and dietary guidelines are discussed; particular attention is paid to controversial dietary components such as fat, salt, sugar, alcohol, cholesterol, and fiber. The need for complete and up-to-date data on the nutrient composition of foods is examined in light of the increasing complexity of the American food supply, consumer interest in health-promoting foods, and changing American lifestyles. Greater government participation is required to help consumers make food selections and nutrition decisions. Alternatives are suggested to improve food composition methodology, research, and data analysis. It is concluded that better information on the nutritional quality of food will also help the government effectively implement its regulatory and food programs. (nzm)

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