Newswise — WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) recently submitted written comments on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) Report. IFT commends the work of the DGAC and underscores the importance of ensuring that the recommendations regarding food and nutrient intake are supported by the preponderance of sound scientific evidence. Key points in the comments include:

• The guidelines should be practical, actionable, and achievable.• The integration and collaboration of food science and technology and nutrition is critical to improve the availability and nutritive quality of foods.• Food and beverages should be valued on the complete nutritional package they provide in addition to the frequency and amounts consumed.• Food should not be eliminated based on the inclusion of one or two food components, or on the level of processing. • Consumer education is needed to encourage individuals to change existing lifestyles, and be inspired to make better informed food choices. • Simple, straightforward, and flexible messages based on the best available scientific evidence are likely to be most impactful.

“We look forward to working together to develop public/private programs and initiatives for successful implementation of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines,” said IFT President Mary Ellen Camire, PhD, CFS. “However, it’s imperative that technological and scientific capabilities are part of the solution to addressing recommendations for improved food choices and healthy eating for all Americans.”

The full comments can be viewed at

About IFT For more than 70 years, IFT has existed to advance the science of food. Our nonprofit scientific society—more than 17,000 members from more than 95 countries—brings together food scientists, technologists and related professions from academia, government, and industry. For more information, please visit

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