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US Dietary Guidelines 2015 - good news for 100% FJ

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released January 7th 2016 (available here http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/ ). These guidelines are published every 5 years by the US Department of Health and provide key recommendations on how to achieve a healthy diet. The 2015-2020 edition of the Dietary Guidelines builds from the 2010 edition with revisions based on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and consideration of Federal agency and public comments.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines provides five overarching Guidelines that encourage healthy eating patterns, recognize that individuals will need to make shifts in their food and beverage choices to achieve a healthy pattern, and acknowledge that all segments of our society have a role to play in supporting healthy choices. These Guidelines also embody the idea that a healthy eating pattern is not a rigid prescription, but rather, an adaptable framework in which individuals can enjoy foods that meet their personal, cultural, and traditional preferences and fit within their budget.

Compared to the 2010 edition, there a few noteworthy inclusions in the 2015 Guidelines, such as inclusion of a specific limit of 10 percent for added sugars. However, here is the excerpt related to fruit juices in chapter 2 under "A Closer Look at Current Intakes and Recommended Shifts", that keeps 100 % juices on the positive list of nutrients to be consumed in replacement to sugar-sweetened beverages:

"Shift to reduce added sugars consumption to less than 10 percent of calories per day:[4] Individuals have many potential options for reducing the intake of added sugars. Strategies include choosing beverages with no added sugars, such as water, in place of sugar-sweetened beverages, reducing portions of sugar-sweetened beverages, drinking these beverages less often, and selecting beverages low in added sugars. Low-fat or fat-free milk or 100% fruit or vegetable juice also can be consumed within recommended amounts in place of sugar-sweetened beverages. Additional strategies include limiting or decreasing portion size of grain-based and dairy desserts and sweet snacks and choosing unsweetened or no-sugar-added versions of canned fruit, fruit sauces (e.g., applesauce), and yogurt."

Please note that the information in the Dietary Guidelines is used in developing Federal food, nutrition, and health policies and programs. It also is the basis for Federal nutrition education materials designed for the public and for the nutrition education components of HHS and USDA food programs. It is developed for use by policymakers and nutrition and health professionals.