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How the food industry should act on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines

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How the food industry should act on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.

Reduce sodium intake, eat real portion sizes are some of the take-aways from this article.

Sodium reduction, providing smaller portion sizes, and better portion labeling are key areas for food industry action in light of the upcoming Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to the advisory committee chair.

At the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston last week, chair of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) Linda Van Horn, and chair of its Carbohydrates and Protein Subcommittee Joanne Slavin outlined some of the main findings of the DGAC and how research has shifted nutrition evidence since the 2005 guidelines were issued.

FoodNavigator-USA.com spoke with Van Horn about which aspects of the guidelines were likely to have the most impact on the food industry.

“First of all, sodium,” she said. “The food industry has been running rampant on sodium for a long time, but now is the time for them to reduce sodium – and not sacrifice taste. I believe American ingenuity can do it.”

Tips on reducing your sodium intake

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Tips on reducing your sodium intake

Even if you can’t change how much salt food manufacturers and restaurant chains put in their food, you can take steps to lower salt in your own diet. Here are some tips from American Dietetic Assn. spokeswoman Jeannie Gazzaniga-Moloo:

—Focus on eating and preparing fresh fruits and vegetables, minimally prepared whole grains and lean meats at home.

—Cook with fresh herbs and spices and use acids, such as lemon juice or vinegar, to replace salt in a dish.

—Most of your salt in restaurants is going to come from sauces or dressings. Ask that they be served on the side.

—Reduce sodium by reducing portion size. You can still eat some of the salty foods you like but cut the portion in half and add some fresh fruits and vegetables.

—Read nutrition labels and find the sodium level to gauge how much you are eating.

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