Einstein College of Medicine professor, author and spokesman for the American Dietetic Association, Dr. Keith-Thomas Ayoob will discuss an array of current nutritional issues in the education session “Nutrition Hot Topics,” separating fact from perception. Dr. Ayoob is co-author of the book, The Uncle Sam Diet, based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Recently, SNA asked Dr. Ayoob about the changes he anticipates in the not-yet-released 2010 Dietary Guidelines and how the new guidelines may impact school lunch programs. Here is his response:
“The jury is still out on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, as they will be announced later this year. There have been hints that these guidelines will be a bit more prescriptive. Usually the guidelines are targeted to meet or exceed the needs of the majority of healthy people. Now however, most adult Americans are overweight or obese—about 2 out of 3, at least. So the guidelines will probably be focused on nutrition issues pertinent to dealing with obesity and the health complications of obesity, like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, etc. Of course, that doesn’t mean people will actually adhere to the guidelines either. People still aren’t getting enough fruits, vegetables, lowfat dairy foods or whole grains. Childhood obesity is a hot topic. It’s probably a good idea to consider strategies that reduce fat and unnecessary sugar. That said, I hope we don’t go down the dangerous path of “overachievement.” By that, I mean taking all the added sodium or added sugar out of things. People adapt best when things are done very gradually. Also, issues like removal of all flavored milk, especially the lowfat and fat-free flavored milk, seem to make almost no sense, given that kids tend to drink less when they don’t have choices they like. Besides, a little judicious use of sugar can really drive the consumption of a nutrient-rich food, and it certainly beats kids avoiding milk, then ending the school day thirsty and going out and buying a 24-oz bottle of soda that has more sugar in one bottle than a whole week’s worth of flavored lowfat milk. Then again, I think of what the child will be eating for the whole day. Legislation is often shortsighted, taking into account only what happens during school hours. On the positive side, I hope the guidelines emphasize the importance of breakfast, and that could be great for school breakfast programs, so I’m remaining optimistic.
The “Nutrition Hot Topics” session will take place Wednesday, July 14, at 1:15 pm. Be sure to refer to the onsite ANC Program Guide for additional details and for the room location of this session in the Dallas Convention Center.
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