Proposed 2015 Dietary Guidelines Consider Alcohol Part of Healthy Lifestyle

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) submitted its 2015 scientific report in February to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the USDA to inform the government on what’s new on diet, nutrition, and health. It’s a prelude to developing national nutrition policy and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans published every five years.

The dietary patterns associated with positive health outcomes, according to the Committee, include eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low- or non-fat dairy, seafood, legumes, and nuts; moderate intake of alcohol among adults; lower consumption of red and processed meat; and low consumption of refined grains, and sugar-sweetened foods and drinks.

“Moderate alcohol intake can be a component of a healthy dietary pattern … if consumed in moderation and only by adults,” the report states, though it’s not recommended that anyone begin drinking or drink more frequently on the basis of potential health benefits.

The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC) still recommends that if you chose to drink wine or other alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation. For women, this is up to 1 drink a day (5 ounces of 12 percent ABV wine) and for men, up to 2 drinks a day (10 ounces of 12 percent ABV wine).

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