The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), a trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, congratulated the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) upon the recent release of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Guidelines state an objective to “meet nutritional needs primarily through foods,” but also recognize dietary supplements as “useful in providing one or more nutrients that otherwise may be consumed in less than recommended amounts or that are of particular concern for specific population groups.”
“CRN is pleased to see the Guidelines’ recognition of dietary supplements as having a role to play in achieving optimal nutrition,” said Duffy MacKay, N.D., senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN. “We remind consumers that dietary supplements are supplements to, not substitutes for, a healthy diet. However, given the number of under-consumed nutrients in our population, dietary supplements are needed to fill in the nutrient gaps. We hope this influential roadmap for nutrition will help bring awareness to the real life need for supplementation.”
The Guidelines identified potassium, dietary fiber, choline, magnesium, calcium and vitamins A, D, E and C as shortfall nutrients; that is, nutrients that are “consumed by many individuals in amounts below the Estimated Average Requirement or Adequate Intake levels.” More specifically, the Guidelines identified calcium, potassium, dietary fiber and vitamin D as “nutrients of public health concern because low intakes are associated with health concerns,” and suggested supplementing with vitamin D, “especially when sunshine exposure is limited due to climate or the use of sunscreen.”
Additionally, the Guidelines recommended iron supplementation for women who are pregnant, and folic acid for women “capable of becoming pregnant and who are pregnant.”
For more information, visit www.crnusa.org or www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/.