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Progress of food-based dietary guidelines around the globe

Chapter


Abstract


  • Dietary guidelines have been developed worldwide in an effort to assist populations with healthy

    food choices. The guidelines may be food or nutrient based and are commonly focused on particular

    health concerns of the country such as overweight and obesity. There is a large degree of variability

    in the development of dietary guidelines around the world; some countries have opted for one

    guideline for all, whereas other countries have developed multiple subsets of guidelines related to

    particular population groups.

    The provision of dietary guidelines of a country is not regulated though they are a recommended

    approach that has been suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the two international

    organizations supporting such activities. The WHO, alongside the Food and Agriculture

    Organization of the United Nations (FAO), acknowledge that it has long been known that particular

    nutrients are needed to sustain human health and well-being, and work to disseminate nutrient

    information to countries in an effort to encourage the development of national dietary allowances

    for these nutrients. Such nutrient allowances may directly form dietary guidelines of a nutrientfocused

    nature; though stemming from such developments, countries may also work toward practical

    approaches of how to translate the nutrient information into everyday practice, an approach

    often seeing the development of food-based dietary guidelines.

    This chapter provides an overview to some of the existing dietary guidelines available around

    the globe. Where a country regularly updates its dietary guidelines, a comparison of the most recent

    sets of guidelines will also be addressed. The focus of the dietary guidelines also varies between

    countries with some developed directly for the general public and others specifically targeted at

    health professionals to assist with consistency of education messages utilized within the country.

    The guidelines reviewed will be those available as the most recent guidelines published in the

    English language. The guidelines currently undergoing an update have not been included.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Probst, Y., Thorne, R. & O'Shea, J. (2015). Progress of food-based dietary guidelines around the globe. In D. Ghosh, D. Bagchi & T. Konishi (Eds.), Clinical Aspects of Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (pp. 3-31). Florida, United States: Taylor and Francis. http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466569102

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781466569164

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2690

Book Title


  • Clinical Aspects of Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

Start Page


  • 3

End Page


  • 31

Place Of Publication


  • Florida, United States

Abstract


  • Dietary guidelines have been developed worldwide in an effort to assist populations with healthy

    food choices. The guidelines may be food or nutrient based and are commonly focused on particular

    health concerns of the country such as overweight and obesity. There is a large degree of variability

    in the development of dietary guidelines around the world; some countries have opted for one

    guideline for all, whereas other countries have developed multiple subsets of guidelines related to

    particular population groups.

    The provision of dietary guidelines of a country is not regulated though they are a recommended

    approach that has been suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the two international

    organizations supporting such activities. The WHO, alongside the Food and Agriculture

    Organization of the United Nations (FAO), acknowledge that it has long been known that particular

    nutrients are needed to sustain human health and well-being, and work to disseminate nutrient

    information to countries in an effort to encourage the development of national dietary allowances

    for these nutrients. Such nutrient allowances may directly form dietary guidelines of a nutrientfocused

    nature; though stemming from such developments, countries may also work toward practical

    approaches of how to translate the nutrient information into everyday practice, an approach

    often seeing the development of food-based dietary guidelines.

    This chapter provides an overview to some of the existing dietary guidelines available around

    the globe. Where a country regularly updates its dietary guidelines, a comparison of the most recent

    sets of guidelines will also be addressed. The focus of the dietary guidelines also varies between

    countries with some developed directly for the general public and others specifically targeted at

    health professionals to assist with consistency of education messages utilized within the country.

    The guidelines reviewed will be those available as the most recent guidelines published in the

    English language. The guidelines currently undergoing an update have not been included.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Probst, Y., Thorne, R. & O'Shea, J. (2015). Progress of food-based dietary guidelines around the globe. In D. Ghosh, D. Bagchi & T. Konishi (Eds.), Clinical Aspects of Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (pp. 3-31). Florida, United States: Taylor and Francis. http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466569102

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781466569164

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2690

Book Title


  • Clinical Aspects of Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

Start Page


  • 3

End Page


  • 31

Place Of Publication


  • Florida, United States