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Addendum published on 15 June 2015, see Nutrients 2015, 7(6), 4828.

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Nutrients 2015, 7(3), 2026-2043;

Interpreting the Australian Dietary Guideline to “Limit” into Practical and Personalised Advice

Nutrition Research Australia, Level 13 167 Macquarie St, Sydney 2000, Australia
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Received: 2 February 2015 / Revised: 27 February 2015 / Accepted: 6 March 2015 / Published: 20 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dietary Pattern and Health)
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Food-based dietary guidelines shift the focus from single nutrients to whole diet. Guideline 3 of the Australian Dietary Guidelines (ADG) recommends “limiting” discretionary foods and beverages (DF)—Those high in saturated fat, added sugars, salt, and/or alcohol. In Australia, DF contribute 35% of total energy intake. Using the ADG supporting documents, the aim of this study was to develop a food‑based educational toolkit to help translate guideline 3 and interpret portion size. The methodology used to produce the toolkit is presented here. “Additional energy allowance” is specific to gender, age, height and physical activity level, and can be met from core foods, unsaturated fats/oils/spreads and/or DF. To develop the toolkit, additional energy allowance was converted to serves equaling 600 kJ. Common DF were selected and serves were determined based on nutrient profile. Portion sizes were used to calculate number of DF serves. A consumer brochure consisting of DF, portion sizes and equivalent number of DF serves was developed. A healthcare professional guide outlines the methodology used. The toolkit was designed to assist dietitians and consumers to translate guideline 3 of the ADF and develop a personalized approach to include DF as part of the diet. View Full-Text
Keywords: dietary guidelines; discretionary foods; ready reckoner; dietary advice dietary guidelines; discretionary foods; ready reckoner; dietary advice

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Fayet-Moore,  .; Pearson, S. Interpreting the Australian Dietary Guideline to “Limit” into Practical and Personalised Advice. Nutrients 2015, 7, 2026-2043.

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