Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
SICHIERI, Rosely et al. Dietary recommendations: comparing dietary guidelines from Brazil and the United States. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.11, pp. 2050-2058. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2010001100006.
The Brazilian dietary guidelines are based in part on mainstream United States' recommendations, in spite of the criticisms and shortcomings of the American guidelines. In this paper, Brazilian food guidelines are summarized and discussed in comparison with the USA recommendations. American and Brazilian dietary recommendations are quite similar in many aspects, particularly those related to variety in the diet, the importance of physical activity and weight management. Different to American guidelines, those from Brazil advise people to choose fresh foods, to prefer healthier types of fat, to limit trans fat intake and to eat good sources of protein, but does not recommend the consumption of whole grains. Besides the challenges related to their implementation, indicators for the evaluation of the effectiveness of these guidelines should be established from the beginning, particularly those related to changes in dietary habits and the prevalence of obesity.
Keywords : Public Health Nutrition; Nutrition Policy; Health Promotion; Guideline.