Volume 27, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This report, commonly referred to as “Dietary Goals for the United States,” was released in January 1977 by the Senate Nutrition Committee whose chairman is George S. McGovern (Democrat—South Dakota). The major objective of the report is to identify “risk factors” in the American diet and ways to reduce them in order to minimize their harmful effects on health.

“The dietary goals recommended are:

  • 1)  increase carbohydrate consumption to account for 55 to 60% of calorie intake;
  • 2)  reduce overall fat consumption from 40% to about 30% of calorie intake;
  • 3)  reduce saturated fat consumption to account for about 10% of total calorie intake; and balance with poly-unsaturated and monosaturated fats, which should account for about 10% of energy intake each;
  • 4)  reduce cholesterol consumption to about 300 mg a day;
  • 5)  reduce sugar consumption by almost 40% to account for about 15% of total energy intake;
  • 6)  reduce salt consumption by about 50 to 85% to approximately three grams per day.”


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