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CRN Comments on Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has provided additional comments to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) demonstrating that many Americans continue to fall short of their nutrient requirements because consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, and seafood is lower than recommended.

In a letter to federal officials, CRN advocated that a multivitamin/mineral (MVM) and other dietary supplements provide a no-calorie, low cost, convenient way to fill the aforementioned nutrient gaps when nutrient recommended intakes are not first met through the consumption of food. The organization further suggests that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines can improve the nutrient adequacy of Americans by including a recommendation that the general population may consider taking MVM when micronutrient intake is not first met through food.

 The 2010 Dietary Guidelines policy recommendations recognized nutrient inadequacies and called for nutrient supplementation in targeted populations, according to the CRN. The 2015 DGAC has identified nutrient shortfalls for vitamins A, E, C, D, calcium, magnesium, potassium, folate, and fiber. It follows that a prudent policy recommendation would include recommendations for MVMs and other dietary supplements as options to fill nutrient gaps.

“CRN is aware that there are numerous reasons Americans struggle to change their diet in order to follow the Dietary Guidelines. CRN commends the work of the DGAC, DHHS, and USDA that encourages Americans to eat healthier and recommends additional strategies to eliminate nutrient shortfalls,” wrote CRN to federal officers. “The DGAC should recommend MVMs and other dietary supplements as a way to provide missing nutrients, when nutrient adequacy is not met through diet alone. The theoretical risk to a small percentage of Americans consuming folate, calcium, iron, and vitamin D at or above the UL should not deter the DGAC from informing Americans that MVMs and other dietary supplements can help ensure nutrient adequacy.”

For more information, visit www.crnusa.org.