It is time for a positive approach to dietary guidance using nutrient density as a basic principle

Gregory D. Miller, Adam Drewnowski, Victor Fulgoni, Robert P. Heaney, Janet King, Eileen Kennedy

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Abstract

The consumption of nutrient-dense foods and beverages, which would ultimately be identified by a scientifically validated nutrient density profiling system, should be instituted as a nutrition platform in the Dietary Guidelines as a part of a larger educational effort to help people choose more nutrient-dense foods and as the guiding principle for consumers to plan healthful diets. By consciously choosing more nutrient-dense foods and beverages, Americans will be in a better position to meet their nutrient requirements without overconsuming energy. An objective, science-based, and validated nutrient density profiling system is needed to characterize foods based on their nutrient composition and this concept should be integrated into the Dietary Guidelines. This article sets forth guiding principles for the development and implementation of a nutrient density profiling system based on the current knowledge of diet and health and recommends that the development of a nutrient density profiling system include testing for effectiveness against accepted measures of diet quality, such as the Healthy Eating Index, and measurable public health markers, such as blood lipids and blood pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1198-1202
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nutrition
Volume139
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

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Food
Food and Beverages
Nutrition Policy
Diet
Public Health
Blood Pressure
Lipids
Health

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Miller, G. D., Drewnowski, A., Fulgoni, V., Heaney, R. P., King, J., & Kennedy, E. (2009). It is time for a positive approach to dietary guidance using nutrient density as a basic principle. Journal of Nutrition, 139(6), 1198-1202. https://doi.org/10.3945/jn.108.100842

It is time for a positive approach to dietary guidance using nutrient density as a basic principle. / Miller, Gregory D.; Drewnowski, Adam; Fulgoni, Victor; Heaney, Robert P.; King, Janet; Kennedy, Eileen.

In: Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 139, No. 6, 06.2009, p. 1198-1202.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Miller, GD, Drewnowski, A, Fulgoni, V, Heaney, RP, King, J & Kennedy, E 2009, 'It is time for a positive approach to dietary guidance using nutrient density as a basic principle', Journal of Nutrition, vol. 139, no. 6, pp. 1198-1202. https://doi.org/10.3945/jn.108.100842
Miller, Gregory D. ; Drewnowski, Adam ; Fulgoni, Victor ; Heaney, Robert P. ; King, Janet ; Kennedy, Eileen. / It is time for a positive approach to dietary guidance using nutrient density as a basic principle. In: Journal of Nutrition. 2009 ; Vol. 139, No. 6. pp. 1198-1202.
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