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Dietary Guidelines
Goals and Recommendations
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. Neal Barnard, M.D. Preamble
The U.S. Government has promulgated dietary guidance in various forms throughout much of the last century. In recent decades, two major trends have occurred: First, the dietary problem of undernutrition has been eclipsed by an epidemic of overnutrition. More Americans are now overweight or obese than at any time in history. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer are now commonplace, exacting costs that are both personal and financial. Abundant scientific information has established the role of nutrition in health, but much of this information has yet to be incorporated into practical dietary guidance for the benefit of the public. Although scientific knowledge has moved swiftly forward, nutritional guidelines have progressed only sluggishly. We therefore sought to establish a set of dietary guidance materials that serve the current needs of the public, based on current scientific knowledge. We first established eight general objectives for the guidance document. We then sought evidence-based materials that quantify nutritional needs and examined the most healthful sources of the essential nutrients. Principles and Goals

When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Eating Right
Pyramid in 1991, fol owed by the Food Guide Pyramid in 1992, it identified
specific principles that guided the development of these graphics. These are
detailed in the USDA's Food Guide: Background and Development, released in
1993 (Welsh 1993). Several of these principles remain relevant for the
elaboration of an improved set of dietary guidelines and graphic and are listed
1. The new food guide should promote overall health and well-being.
The dietary guidelines should provide information that supports the total health and wel -being of the population, rather than being directed to the prevention or treatment of a single disease. However, a recommended diet should not only sustain individuals who are already healthy. Given that the majority of American adults are overweight and have elevated blood cholesterol concentrations, recommendations should provide a basic dietary framework that is useful for individuals with common health conditions, such as overweight, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension, that may have resulted, in part, from poor dietary choices.
2. The new food guide should be based on up-to-date nutrition
research on recommended intakes of nutrients and other food
A large body of nutrition research has produced important
findings in recent years. Educational materials should be based on
current, sound, and objective research.
The new food guide should focus on dietary staples that provide al
essential nutrients. However, current scientific knowledge is limited
regarding the risks and benefits of smal amounts of certain additional,
nonessential foods.
3. The new food guide must be useful to the target audience. Nutrition
education materials should serve as a helpful learning tool, describing
foods and quantities in familiar terms.

4. The new food guide should promote optimal nutrition. The USDA
cal ed for the new food guide to be based on commonly consumed foods, saying that a new food guide should be "realistic." Its point was that consumers should not have to seek out unusual foods in order to meet nutrient needs, a point with considerable merit. However, the USDA also cal ed for a new food guide "to accommodate al types of foods," a less defensible goal. There is no a priori reason why foods without beneficial nutritional attributes or with distinct nutritional disadvantages should be included in a food guide for the public. It is important not to underestimate the public's desire for better health and its wil ingness to alter maladaptive dietary habits. Many people make major dietary alterations, particularly in efforts to lose weight, yet have little guidance as to what constitutes a healthful regimen. It is also important to recognize that many people fol ow diets that are close to optimal, while others have strayed quite far from an optimal diet. Nutrition education materials should serve both groups. 5. The new food guide should allow maximum flexibility for consumers
to eat in a way that suits their taste and lifestyle while meeting
nutritional criteria.
Optimal dietary guidelines may be implemented in
many varied ways, based on culture and preference. Nutrition education
materials should permit the incorporation of healthful foods into a wide
range of dietary patterns.
6. A new food guide should provide for the nutritional needs of
individuals from a variety of age groups and activity levels. In
describing this goal, the USDA cal ed for a food guide to be "practical," such that there is no need for different guides for different age groups. The guidelines and diagram should be applicable for people regardless of age, weight, cultural preference, or health status. However, they do not apply to children less than 2 years of age or individuals with medical il nesses requiring specialized dietary or medical intervention. 7. A new food guide should be based on an understanding of the
strengths and weaknesses of previous guides. The USDA cal ed for a
food guide to be "evolutionary," suggesting that consumers, who have
become accustomed to certain dietary concepts should not have to erase
what they already know, but rather, can build on that information base.
However, the USDA did not differentiate which nutrition concepts merit
continuation from those that consumers can safely set aside. It is
nonetheless clear that nutrition guidance materials have evolved over
several decades, and the process of improving nutrition guides can profit
from past experience.
In the first half of the last century, nutrition education materials focused on
preventing nutrient deficiencies. Subsequently, the focus shifted to the
need to curb dietary excesses. Responding to changing needs, some
guidance materials, such as the Food Guide Pyramid, were produced after
extensive planning, and their subsequent successes and failures have
been evaluated, providing a basis for improvement.

Recommended Nutrient Intakes

The fol owing sections cover al macronutrients and those micronutrients for
which recommended intakes are a matter of controversy, with the goal of
determining ideal dietary intakes, based on the findings of the World Health
Organization (WHO) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM).



Dietary carbohydrate occurs as mono- and disaccharides ("sugars") and as
polysaccharides ("starch"). It provides sugars that act as an energy source for the
body, particularly the brain, the only carbohydrate-dependent organ, and is
stored in the muscles and liver in the form of glycogen.

When carbohydrate is restricted, the body uses fat as an energy source, creating
ketone bodies, which are acidic and, in extreme cases, can cause liver and
kidney damage. The minimal amount of carbohydrate required for adults to avoid
ketosis is about 50 grams per day. A healthy, varied diet easily provides enough
glucose to avoid the production of ketones.
Carbohydrate requirements are increased among athletes and other physical y
active individuals. (ADA 2000) (Jacobs 1999) (Haff 1999) (Leveritt 1999).

There is no adverse effect of high intakes of unrefined complex carbohydrate.
However, overconsumption of added sugars (simple carbohydrate) has been
linked to risk of obesity (Ludwig 2001). Sugar consumption can also contribute to
risk of dental caries. Moreover, carbohydrate in any form should not be
consumed to the exclusion of necessary quantities of other macronutrients
(WHO/FAO, Carbohydrates in Human Nutrition 1997).
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The Recommended Dietary Al owance (RDA)—the average daily dietary nutrient
intake level sufficient to meet the nutrient requirement of nearly al (97.5 percent)
healthy individuals (IOM Energy 2002/2005)—for carbohydrate is based on the
average minimal amount of glucose utilized by the brain: 130 g/d for both adults
and children. The IOM also recommends that 45 to 65 percent of energy should
be in the form of carbohydrate (IOM Energy 2002).
World Health Organization Recommendations

WHO recommends a minimum of 55 percent of total energy coming from
carbohydrate obtained from a variety of food sources for al ages except children
under the age of 2. The principal carbohydrate sources should be cereals,
vegetables, legumes, and fruits. In the United States, mean percentages of
calories from carbohydrates are below this figure, at roughly 50 percent for U.S.
adults (USDA 1998).

Carbohydrate consumption of at least 55 percent of total energy meets the
recommendations of both IOM and WHO.


Protein is required for the building, maintenance, and repair of body tissues. Of
the approximately 20 different amino acids used by the body, nine (essential
amino acids) cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from the

Protein deficiency is rarely seen when diets provide adequate energy, and a
deficiency in an individual amino acid is also rare in a varied diet. However, in
some parts of the world where the staple weaning foods are unusual y high in
starch and low in protein (parts of Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific islands),
protein deficiency, or kwashiorkor, can occur, resulting in edema, dermatosis,
thinning and reddening of the hair, and stunted growth. More common is protein-
energy malnutrition, or marasmic kwashiorkor (Beers 1999).
Medical conditions that increase protein requirements include burns, surgery,
and other metabolic stresses.
Protein requirements are imprecise and may depend on many factors. The body
can adapt to lower intakes of protein, as il ustrated by a 77-day metabolic study
in which participants were fed a very low intake of protein (0.356 g/kg/d) and
experienced no adverse physiological or biochemical changes. Eventual y, two-
thirds of the participants reached nitrogen equilibrium and one-third had a smal
negative balance, but al were within the balance range (Mil ward 1999) (IOM
Energy 2002/2005) (Durkin 1981) Other long-term balance studies reflect a lower
need for protein intake than has been found in short-term studies, suggesting
efficient use of protein (Abelow 1992). This biological adaptation has made it
difficult to specify an absolute quantitative protein requirement.

According to the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey,
Americans consume, on average, 161 percent of the protein RDA. The majority
of this protein is consumed in the form of animal products—fish, poultry, red
meat, eggs, and dairy products (Smit 1999).
Evidence suggests that a diet that is high in animal protein can contribute to
health problems, particularly with respect to mineral balance and renal function.
Studies show that lowering dietary protein to U.S. recommended dietary
al owance levels (0.8g protein/kg) or below reduces bone resorption and urinary
calcium loss (Ince 2004). Diets high in animal protein are also associated with
acceleration in the loss of kidney function among individuals whose renal function
is already impaired due to hypertension, diabetes, or other causes (Coresh
The Concept of Biological Value

While biological value was once considered important, it is now deemed to have
little clinical significance, because typical diets encompass a variety of foods
(Mil ward 1999). Intentional y selecting food sources with complementary amino
acid profiles is not necessary; as such complementing occurs natural y with a
varied diet (ADA 2003) (Young 1994). Diets based on a variety of plant foods
meet protein needs when adequate calories are consumed.
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The RDA for protein for sedentary adults is 0.8 g/kg (IOM Energy 2002/2005).
This number is based on studies of nitrogen balance in a variety of populations.
Current IOM protein recommendations are formulated to ensure that 97.5
percent of the population's needs are met.
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In its 2002/2005 Dietary Reference Intakes, the National Academy of Sciences
(NAS) stated that total protein should not exceed 35 percent of total energy
intake in order to decrease risk of chronic diseases (IOM, Energy 2002/2005).
World Health Organization Recommendations

The current WHO recommendation for protein is 0.75 g/kg for adults on a varied
diet (WHO/FAO 1985).
World Health Organization Safe Protein Intakes Summary

A protein intake of 0.75 g per kilogram of body weight is general y adequate for
adults. Certain population groups that may need slightly more include those who
are in a growth life cycle, such as children and pregnant women. Children's
needs also vary according to individual maintenance and protein deposition
According to the NAS, age (beyond that of young adulthood) does not affect protein needs, therefore no change in requirement is necessary for elderly persons (IOM Energy 2002/2005). Fat


The body synthesizes the fatty acids it needs from dietary constituents, except
for alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and linoleic acid (LA) which must be part of the diet.
These essential fatty acids are used to build omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids,
respectively (Groff, 1995). ALA, an 18-carbon omega-3 fatty acid, is converted to
eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which, in turn, can be elongated to
docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA are therefore considered
Aside from essential functions of ALA and LA, smal amounts of dietary fat are
also required for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Omega-3 and omega-6
fatty acids also play roles in brain development and visual acuity (WHO/FAO
Fat is energy-dense, with more than twice the energy content of carbohydrates or
protein (Krause 2004).

Essential fatty acid deficiencies are rare and were not recognized prior to the
1980s (Messina 2004). Deficiencies of essential fats can lead to a host of
symptoms and disorders, including liver and kidney abnormalities, reduced
growth rates, decreased immune function, depression, and skin dryness and
scaliness (Linscheer 1994).

Excess intake of fat, particularly saturated fat, is associated with higher risk of
heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and certain
cancers (WHO/FAO 1994).
Omega-3 needs appear to increase as omega-6 intake increases, suggesting
that essential fatty acid requirements may be better expressed as ratios (e.g.,
omega-3 to omega-6) than by absolute quantities or percentages of total energy
consumption (Hibbelin 2006). Some have suggested that that reducing omega-6
fatty acid intake greatly reduces omega-3 requirements (Hibbelin 2006).
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The IOM's essential fatty acid recommendations are based on median intakes in
the United States. The Adequate Intake (AI)—an average amount based on
approximations or estimates of nutrient intake that are assumed to be adequate,
used when an RDA cannot be determined (IOM Energy 2002/2005)—for omega-
6 for men is 17 g/d (156 calories) and for women is 12 g/d (108 calories). The AI
for omega-3 for men is 1.6 g/d (14 calories) and for women is 1.1 g/d (10
calories). The IOM reports, however, that intakes much lower than the AI occur
with no signs of a deficiency.
The IOM has set an Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR)—a
range of intakes for an energy source that is associated with reduced risk of
chronic disease while providing adequate intakes of essential nutrients (IOM
Energy 2002/2005)—for total fat at 20 to 35 percent of calories. Unlike with
essential fatty acids, there is no AI or RDA for total fat due to insufficient data for
determining the minimum intake for disease prevention.
World Health Organization Recommendations

For adults, the WHO has set a minimum fat intake at 15 percent of energy. For
women in their reproductive years, WHO cal s for a minimum of 20 percent.
Maximal saturated fat intake is 10 percent of energy. Active individuals may
consume up to 35 percent of energy from fat. For essential fatty acids, WHO
recommends a goal for omega-6 of 5 to 8 percent of total energy and for omega-
3, 1 to 2 percent. This is approximately a 1:5 to 1:8 ratio.
Summary and Comment

Fatty acid requirements remain controversial, in part because of the rarity of
deficiency states and the fact that the recognition of the essential nature of
certain fats was relatively recent. Absolute fatty acid requirements remain
unclear. The minimum percentages of energy intake from fat—20 percent for
IOM and 15 percent for WHO—are both higher than those typical of some
populations with a low risk of chronic disease and long life expectancy. It is not
yet certain whether requirements are better expressed as ratios of omega-3 to
omega-6 intakes.
WHO recommendations for omega-6 of 5 to 8 percent of total energy and for
omega-3 of 1 to 2 percent approximates a 1:5 to 1:8 ratio. There is no specific
nutritional requirement for other fats, except in so far as fat serves as an energy


Dietary fiber consists of the parts of a plant that cannot be digested nor absorbed
early in the digestive process. Fiber is only found in foods derived from plants,
such as legumes, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
Soluble fiber helps control blood glucose and reduces blood cholesterol
concentrations. Insoluble fiber reduces intestinal transit time, helps prevent
constipation, and may protect against colon cancer. A varied diet of plant-derived
foods provides both types of fiber.

The consequences of a low-fiber diet include higher risk of cardiovascular
disease (Ajani 2004) (Humble 1993) (Khaw 1987) (Krumhout 1982) (Pietinen
1996) (Wolk 1999), insufficient satiety and a corresponding excess in energy
intake (Howarth 2001), slower intestinal motility, higher risk of type 2 diabetes,
and possibly increased risk of certain types of cancer. Currently, American diets
have, on average, less than half of the fiber recommended by the IOM (IOM
Energy 2002/2005) (DGA 2005).

Some have hypothesized that a diet that is extremely high in fiber could lead to
deficiencies of vitamins and minerals. However, research findings have been
inconclusive (IOM Energy 2002/2005). In cultures with fiber-rich diets, no such
inadequacies have been observed (WHO/FAO 1997). Under certain special
circumstances (pancreatic disease, irritable bowel syndrome), gastrointestinal
distress has been observed at very high intakes of fiber (75 to 80 g/d) (IOM
Energy 2002/2005). However, the IOM holds that there is insufficient evidence to
set a Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) (IOM Energy 2002/2005).
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The IOM prescribes fiber intakes based on age categories:
Total Fiber Adequate Intake (AI) Women 51- > 70 21
World Health Organization Recommendations

The WHO makes no specific recommendation for fiber intake, except to state
that dietary carbohydrate should be drawn from fruits, vegetables, legumes, and
cereals, with an emphasis on low energy density and a low glycemic index
(WHO/FAO - obesity 1997).
Summary and Comment

Diets rich in legumes, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains provide adequate
fiber. Diets emphasizing animal-derived products, refined grains, and simple
carbohydrates have correspondingly less fiber. The IOM's fiber recommendation
provides a reasonable minimal intake.


Calcium provides skeletal structure and rigidity, and calcium ions play roles in
many metabolic processes. The body controls ionized calcium concentrations in
the extracel ular fluid by a feedback loop through calcium receptors in the
parathyroid glands. Parathyroid hormone stimulates the renal production of 1,25-
dihydroxycolecaliferol (1,25(OH)2D), which, in turn, promotes intestinal calcium
absorption and renal tubular reabsorption of calcium, and, if needed, causes
bone resorption to release calcium.

Calcium intake below approximately 400 mg daily may be associated with poor
bone development (Chiu 1992). Chronic calcium deficiency resulting from either
inadequate intake or decreased absorption is one cause of reduced bone mass
and osteoporosis. However, above this intake level, the relationship between
calcium intake and osteoporosis is controversial. Countries with the highest
calcium intakes (e.g., the United States, Canada, and many European countries)
have higher rates of osteoporosis, compared with developing nations with lower
calcium intakes (Gerrior 2001) (Abelow 1992) (Hegsted 1986) (Nordin 2000).
Most scientific studies among healthy children and adults do not indicate any
long-term benefit of consuming higher amounts of calcium. In a recent review
published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, little evidence was found for a
relationship between total dietary calcium and bone mineral density or bone
mineral content in children (Lanou 2005). Similarly, in adults, high calcium intake
does not reduce fracture risk (Feskanich 2003). The Nurses' Health Study,
including 72,337 women fol owed over 18 years, showed no relationship between
calcium intake and hip fracture risk.

High doses of supplemented calcium, taken along with high amounts of vitamin
D, can have adverse health effects. Toxic effects of excess calcium include
increased risk of kidney stone formation, renal insufficiency with or without
alkalosis, and decreased absorption of other essential minerals (iron, zinc,
magnesium, and phosphorus) (IOM Calcium 1997) (Krause 2004). In
epidemiologic studies, chronic high calcium intake is also associated with
prostate cancer risk (Giovannucci 1998) (Chan 2001) (Chan 2005).
Absorption or Balance

Children and adolescents need to be in positive calcium balance (i.e., net
calcium retention) to support bone growth. Calcium requirements for adults are
based on a calcium intake that maintains calcium balance (zero balance between
intake, absorption, and loss) in the body. Calcium losses occur through urinary
calcium excretion, fecal calcium excretion, and other insensible losses.
Dietary absorption is influenced by the presence of vitamin D, extracel ular
calcium concentrations, and total calcium intake. At low intakes, calcium is
absorbed at maximal efficiency (Messina 2004). Absorption is also increased
when circulating ionized calcium is low, leading to the release of parathyroid
hormone. Calcium is absorbed from food only when present in the ionic form
(Krause 2004). It is unabsorbable when it is precipitated by another dietary
component such as oxalate, phytates (a phosphorous containing compound), or
if it forms a soap with free fatty acids.
Sodium and protein intakes influence calcium balance. Sodium is an important
determinant of urinary calcium excretion, because the two minerals compete for
resorption in the renal tubules (Nordin 1993)(Nordin 1997) (Matkovic 1995).
Dietary protein, particularly animal protein, high in sulfur-containing amino acids,
also increases calcium losses (Schuette 1981). The proposed mechanism is that
metabolism of amino acids leads to low-grade metabolic acidosis. The skeleton,
as a reservoir of calcium salts, reacts by mobilizing salts to neutralize the acidity.
Excess dietary protein increases urinary calcium losses and is associated with
higher fracture rates (Feskanich 1996) (Sel meyer 2001).
World Health Organization Recommendations

WHO's calcium recommendations for preventing osteoporosis acknowledge the
fact that calcium requirements may vary among cultures for dietary, genetic,
lifestyle, and geographical reasons. Its recommendations are largely based on
data derived from the developed world.
WHO recognizes the "calcium paradox"—that hip fracture rates are higher in
developed nations where calcium intake is higher than in developing nations
where calcium intakes are typical y lower. It concludes that hip fracture rates may
be related to protein intake, vitamin D status, or both, and that either of these
factors could explain the paradox. Because of the major influence of protein on
calcium balance, WHO makes two sets of recommendations: one for people
consuming a typical Western diet, high in animal protein, and a second for those
consuming a diet that is lower in animal protein (20-40g/d). Based on 210
balance experiments in 81 subjects, WHO estimates that calcium equilibrium (the
point at which excreted calcium equals net absorbed calcium) is reached at 520
mg/d for adults, but actual basal requirements may be somewhat higher due to
insensible losses. WHO recommends a tolerable upper limit of 3000 mg/d to
prevent toxicity (WHO 2003).
In a report specifical y addressing issues of chronic disease, WHO recommends
that countries with high rates of osteoporosis have a minimum of 400 to 500 mg
of calcium per day. Below this range is associated with increased fracture risk (WHO 2003). World Health Organization Recommended Calcium Al owances Based on Western European, American and Canadian data Recommended intake Recommended intake (Based on Western (Based on an animal European, American, protein intake of 20-40 and Canadian data) Children 2-3 years Children 4-6 years Children 7-9 years Adolescents 10-18 years Adult Females 19 years-menopause Postmenopause Adult Males 19-65
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U.S. DRIs contrast with WHO recommendations in that they do not take into account other dietary factors, such as animal protein intake. The DRI Committee and its Panel on Calcium and Related Nutrients recommend adequate intakes that represent an approximation of the calcium intake sufficient to maintain calcium nutriture, however, they note that lower-than-recommended intakes may actual y be adequate. Adequate intake (AI) values are derived from estimated desirable calcium retention, not from maximal retention, and are based on balance studies, a factorial model using calcium accretion and estimated losses, and clinical trials. The upper limit for children and adults one to 70 years is estimated at 2,500 mg Ca/d. U.S. Dietary Reference Intake Values for Calcium 14-18 years 1,300 19-30 years 1,000 31-50 Pregnancy 1,300 ≤18 years 19-50 years 1,000 Lactation 19-50 years 1,000
Summary and Comment

Both insufficiency and excess of dietary calcium can be harmful. Evidence
supports WHO's recommendation to alter calcium intake recommendations
based on diet composition and other lifestyle factors. The desirable calcium
intake should be no less than 520 mg per day to meet basal needs and to help
prevent osteoporosis. Evidence of substantial benefit from higher intakes is poor.
Vitamin D


Vitamin D is needed to maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorous in the
blood, which, in turn, promote normal bone mineralization, muscle contraction,
nerve conduction, and general cel ular function in the body.
Vitamin D is made in the body as the result of exposure to sunlight. When sun
exposure is adequate, there is no dietary requirement for vitamin D.

Vitamin D deficiency causes rickets in children and not infrequently occurs
among elderly persons, although it can become a problem for people of any age
(Holick 2006). The adult equivalent of rickets is cal ed osteomalacia.
Rickets is marked by faulty calcification, which results in misshapen bones
(bowing of legs), retarded bone growth, enlargement of the ends of long bones,
deformities of ribs, delayed closing of fontanel, slow eruption of teeth, and
malformed and decay-prone teeth. Rickets is also marked by muscle spasms, as
wel as decreased muscle tone, resulting in the protrusion of the abdomen
(Whitney 1996).
Osteomalacia has a softening effect on the bones, leading to deformities of
limbs, spine, thorax, and pelvis. It also causes pain in the pelvis, lower back, and
legs, and bone fractures. Other symptoms include involuntary twitching and
muscle spasms (Whitney 1996).
The term vitamin D insufficiency describes the finding of biochemical evidence of
vitamin D deficiency without the clinical symptoms of rickets or osteomalacia.
This condition may predispose individuals to poor muscle and bone health
(Hanley 2005).

Hypervitaminosis D may cause loss of appetite, headache, weakness, fatigue,
excessive thirst, irritability, apathy, hypercalcemia, calcification of soft tissues,
irreversible renal damage, kidney stones, and can be fatal (Whitney 1996).
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The active form of vitamin D in the body is cal ed 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. For
many people, 5 to 15 minutes per day of sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m, on the arms and legs or hands, face and arms, during the spring, the summer, and the fal is sufficient to meet vitamin D needs (Holick 2005). However, a number of factors can reduce vitamin D production: latitude, season, the aging process, skin pigmentation, clothing, and sunscreen use (Holick 1994). Vitamin D can be found in foods in the form of vitamin D3 (in animal products, such as egg yolk, liver, and fatty fish) or vitamin D2 (in smal amounts in some plant foods). Vitamin D is most reliably found in nutritional supplements, such as
common multiple vitamins, and in fortified foods, such as dairy and nondairy
milks, and some cereals and margarines.
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The IOM sets its adequate intakes, regardless of sun exposure, to meet the
needs of each age group (IOM 1997).
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World Health Organization Recommendations

For those people who may not be making enough vitamin D, the WHO
recommends consuming the Recommended Nutrient Intake amount appropriate
for their ages (WHO/FAO 2004).
World Health Organization Recommended Nutrient Intake (RNI) for Vitamin D 19-50 years 5 51-65 years 10 65+ years

WHO and IOM guidelines are essential y the same and should apply in al cases
where there a question whether or not vitamin D needs are met from sunlight


Iron is a highly reactive element whose major functions relate to its ability to
participate in oxidation and reduction reactions. Iron plays a major role in
transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide. It is also an active component of
enzymes and contributes to immune function and cognition. (Krause, 2004)
The body contains iron in two major pools. Functional iron is found in
hemoglobin, myoglobin, and enzymes. Storage iron is found in ferritin,
hemosiderin, and transferrin. Iron is highly conserved in the body. In the absence
of menstruation or pregnancy, only a smal quantity is lost each day.
Approximately 90 percent of iron is recovered and reused, and the rest is
excreted mainly in bile (Krause 2004). Dietary iron is necessary for maintaining
iron balance.

Iron deficiency is defined as an abnormal value for at least two of the fol owing
three indicators: serum ferritin, transferrin saturation, or free erythrocyte
protoporphyrin. It is common worldwide, particularly in developing countries
(Looker 1997). In industrialized countries, the prevalence of iron-deficiency
anemia ranges from 2 to 8 percent (WHO/FAO 2004). Based on results from the
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III 1988-1994), iron
deficiency and iron-deficiency anemia are most common among toddlers,
adolescent girls, and women of childbearing age. Of the 24,894 study
participants, an estimated 9-11 percent of adolescent girls and women of
childbearing age were iron-deficient. Of these, 2 percent and 5 percent,
respectively, had iron-deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency and iron-deficiency
anemia were rare among other demographic groups in the NHANES III study.
These data indicate that iron deficiency prevalence is above the goal set by
Healthy People 2010 objectives (Looker 1997) (Kramer 2004) (U.S. Dept. Health
2000), but that iron-deficiency anemia is uncommon in the United States.
Symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia include decreased work performance,
decreased exercise tolerance, and behavioral changes, such as anorexia, pica,
and fatigue. Early iron deficiency may increase risk for infection. In later stages,
deficiency may result in damage to the structure and function of the epithelial
tissues, especial y of the tongue, nails, mouth, and stomach (Krause 2004).

Dietary iron exists in two forms: heme iron found in animal products, and non-
heme iron found predominately in plant foods, but also in some animal products.
While non-heme iron absorption is primarily control ed by the size of iron stores, heme iron is readily absorbed even when iron stores are sufficient. Since the body has no efficient physiological pathway for iron excretion, iron can accumulate in the body and theoretical y, at least, increase the risk of free-radical damage. The risk of iron-overload is minimized among individuals who consume only non-heme iron and do not supplement with iron. Because many people on Western diets gradual y accumulate iron, evidence suggests that iron overload may be as a great a problem as deficiency (Cook, 1976) (Lauffer 1991). The role of iron excesses is under investigation in the fol owing conditions: • Gastrointestinal disorders, including constipation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, usual y seen with iron supplementation (Brock 1985) • Neurodegenerative diseases. Increased iron concentration in certain brain regions has been linked to Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other neurological conditions (Zecca 2004). • Myocardial infarction (Salonen 1994) (Kiechl 1997) • Liver cancer (Huang 2003) (Deugnier 2001)(Stevens 1988) • Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes (Jiang 2004)
Absorption or Balance

A completely plant-based diet contains only non-heme iron, which is absorbed
somewhat less efficiently than heme iron (Krause 2004). As noted above, non-
heme iron absorption is influenced by individual iron status and other dietary
factors and ranges from 2 to 20 percent (Monsen 1978). Vitamin C, fermented
vegetables, and foods increase availability, while phytates, tannins, calcium,
vegetable proteins, dairy products, and phenolic compounds reduce availability.
Certain animal proteins such as those found in beef, fish and poultry also
increase absorption of non-heme iron (Monsen 1988).
Recent research has shown that some plant foods have higher iron absorption
than previously thought. Studies found no difference in iron absorption between
soybean ferritin, supplemental ferrous sulfate or animal ferritin. Overal iron
absorption from soy foods was high, with an average of 29.9 percent in one
research study and 27 percent in another (Lonnerdal 2006)(Murray-Kolb 2003).
Because plant-based diets are typical y high in vitamin C, it is therefore unlikely
that iron intake recommendations require adjustment based on diet patterns.
World Health Organization Recommendations

The FAO/WHO recommendations are based on average iron requirements—estimated using basal losses for males, basal and menstrual losses for females, and growth requirements in children. The recommendations vary depending on type of diet. In populations consuming typical Western diets including meat, poultry, and fish, recommendations are based on either 15 percent or 12 percent bioavailability. For developing populations consuming primarily plant-based diets, recommendations are based on either 10 percent or 5 percent bioavailability (WHO/FAO 2004). World Health Organization Recommended Iron Intake (mg/day) % bioavailability of foods 15% 12% 10%** 5%*** Post-menopause 7.5 *Nonmenstruating **Diet that approximates a medium bioavailability of 10 percent, constrained vegetarian diets, mainly cereals and vegetable foods with smal quantities of meat, fish, ascorbic acid ***5 percent bioavailability for very restricted vegetarian diets
Institute of Medicine Recommendations

The IOM Food and Nutrition Board's (FNB) recommended dietary intakes for iron
were estimated using a maximum rate of absorption of 18 percent bioavailability.
These recommendations were calculated based on the needs of a person with
normal amounts of functional iron but with minimal stored iron.
Recommendations were made with the goal of keeping 97.5 percent of the
population in iron balance (IOM Vitamin A 2001).
Institute of Medicine Recommended Iron Intake Age (yrs) Iron (mg/d) 1-3 Females 8 9-13 14-18  A bioavailability of 18 percent was used to estimate the average. requirement for children 1+ years, adolescents, and non-pregnant adults consuming a mixed diet typical in the US and Canada  Estimated average requirement (EAR) is about 30% greater for those who engage in regular intense  Upper limit (UL) for adults > 19 is 45mg/day The FNB established a separate iron RDA for vegetarians, which was 1.8 times
greater than the rest of the population. It recommended 14 mg for men and
postmenopausal women and 33 mg for premenopausal women not using oral
contraceptives, based on one smal study of people consuming "iron-inhibiting
meals" (Cook 1991).

Evidence supports WHO recommendations based on either a 12 percent or 15
percent bioavailability from foods. Higher iron intakes, regardless of diet
composition, are unnecessary and may lead to iron toxicity. Rather than aiming
for high iron intakes, iron adequacy is best ensured through a diet that reduces
absorption inhibitors and includes absorption enhancers.


Zinc assists in cel reproduction and tissue growth and repair. It plays a role in
immune function and is also a part of many enzymes involved with metabolism. It
is also involved in normal taste perception, wound healing, sperm production,
and various aspects of fetal development.

Zinc deficiency affects many systems in the body. Symptoms include growth
retardation, skeletal abnormalities, defective col agen synthesis, poor wound
healing, dermatitis, delayed sexual maturation in children, blunting of the sense
of taste, night blindness, hair loss, impaired immune function, and impaired
protein synthesis (Groff 1995).
Laboratory indicators of zinc, such as plasma zinc, are not always good
predictors of true zinc status (IOM vitamin A 2001). Therefore, the prevalence of
zinc deficiency, especial y marginal zinc deficiency, is difficult to measure (Lowe
2005) (Wood 2000). However, some researchers have estimated that 9.5 percent
of individuals in the United States and Canada are at risk of inadequate zinc
intake (Wuehler 2005).

Symptoms of zinc toxicity include: nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, lethargy,
fatigue, decreased copper absorption, impaired immune function, and adverse
effects on the ratio of low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) to high-density-lipoprotein
(HDL) cholesterol (Fosmire 1990).
IOM Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for Zinc (IOM vitamin A 2001) 14-18 years 34 >19 years
The WHO has set an upper level of zinc intake for adult men at 45 mg/day and
for children at 23-28 mg/day. (WHO/FAO, 2004)
Absorption or Balance

Zinc absorption is affected by other dietary constituents. High calcium (Wood,
1997) and iron (Solomons 1986) intakes may decrease zinc absorption.
Phytates, found in whole grains and legumes, inhibit zinc absorption (Fredlund
2006) (Lonnerdal 2000). Animal protein increases zinc absorption (Sandstrom
1989). Therefore a vegetarian diet, with a high intake of phytates and little or no
animal protein, may theoretical y lead to lower bioavailability of zinc in the body
(IOM vitamin A 2001) (WHO/FAO 2004) (Gibson 1994) (Hunt 1998).
Zinc absorption from plant-based sources can be increased to some extent by
including sprouted grains, beans, or seeds and yeast-raised breads in the diet,
soaking and cooking legumes, and combining zinc sources with acidic
ingredients such as lemon juice or tomato sauce (Lonnerdal 2000) (Gibson
Studies of the zinc status of vegetarians have produced inconsistent results
(Rauma 2000). Most studies have shown that vegetarians have either similar
zinc status, compared with nonvegetarians, or low-normal zinc status (Gibson
1994) (Hunt 2003) (Ball 2000) (Haddad 1999) (Krajcovicova-Kudlackova 1995).
However, some studies have shown that vegetarians have lower zinc levels
compared to nonvegetarians (Kadrabova 1995) (Freeland 1980).
Institute of Medicine Recommendations

The IOM sets the RDAs for men based on a standard omnivorous diet. The IOM
notes that the requirement for dietary zinc may be as much as 50 percent greater
for those fol owing a vegetarian diet, and especial y for those whose diets consist
largely of grains and legumes (IOM vitamin A 2001).
Institute of Medicine Recommended Dietary Al owance (RDA) for Zinc Children 2-3 years Children 4-8 years Boys and Girls 9-13 years 8 Boys 14-18 years Girls 14-18 years Men 19-70+ years Women 19-70+ years
World Health Organization Recommendations

The WHO divides its Recommended Nutrient Intake (RNI) for zinc into three
categories based on bioavailability (high, moderate, and low). Entirely plant-
based diets are in the low bioavailability category, due to the inclusion of high-
phytate foods and the exclusion of animal protein. Omnivorous diets and lacto-
ovo-vegetarian diets are in the moderate bioavailablity category. Highly refined diets containing large amounts of meats are in the high availability category (WHO/FAO 2004). World Health Organization Recommended Nutrient Intake (RNI) for Zinc Low bioavailability High bioavailability bioavailability RNI years Females, 19- 65 years Males, 19-65 years Females, 65+ years Males, 65+ years

Because zinc absorption is affected by various components of the diet, the
WHO's recommendations for zinc, which are based on zinc bioavailability of
different diet patterns, are particularly useful.
Issues Regarding Nutrient Sources

Nutrients are supplied by a wide variety of sources that vary in their contribution
to health. The fol owing sections address nutrients for which the health
advantages and disadvantages of various sources may be significant.

Carbohydrate sources may be classified in various ways. Carbohydrates may be
simple or complex; grains may be refined or unrefined; and carbohydrate-
containing foods vary according to their glycemic index.
Simple vs. Complex Carbohydrate. The term simple carbohydrate refers to
sugars, that is, monosaccharides and disaccharides, such as glucose, fructose,
lactose, and sucrose. Foods high in simple carbohydrate include table sugar,
fruit, and milk.
Complex carbohydrate refers to starch, that is, polysaccharides. Examples of
foods high in complex carbohydrate include grains, legumes, starchy vegetables,
pasta, and breads. General y speaking, complex carbohydrates have a more
favorable health profile, compared to simple carbohydrates.
Refined vs. Unrefined Carbohydrates. During the refining process, the outer bran
coating of grains is removed, greatly reducing its fiber content.
Glycemic Index. The glycemic index quantifies the effects of carbohydrate-
containing foods on blood glucose concentrations. Foods with a low glycemic
index, such as beans or fruit, may improve blood glucose control and reduce
triglycerides, compared with high-glycemic-index foods.
Evidence suggests substantial benefits of food sources providing complex,
unrefined, low-glycemic-index carbohydrate.

Protein is available from both plant and animal sources. While most plant foods
contain al essential amino acids, some are limited in one amino acid or more. In
typical meals, however, the amino acids provided by various plant foods
complement each other, providing complete protein. Vegetarian and vegan diets
are more than adequate in protein without intentional combining of foods. Soy
products provide protein with a biological value similar to that of animal protein.
Animal proteins typical y contain al essential amino acids. Unlike plant protein,
animal protein intake is associated with urinary calcium losses (Ince 2004)
Wiederkehr 2001), kidney stones, and osteoporosis (Abelow 1992) (Sel meyer
2001), possibly as a result of a higher content of sulfur-containing amino acids. In
individuals with pre-existing renal impairment (e.g., many people with
hypertension or diabetes), intake of non-dairy animal protein is associated with
further loss of kidney function (Knight 2003) (Goldfarb 1999). Animal sources of
protein present additional health considerations, described below.

Al fats are mixtures. Fats from animal sources are typical y high in saturated fat. Approximately one-half of the fat in beef, one-third of the fat in chicken, and up to one-third of fat in fish is saturated (USDA 2005). Fat derived from fish is higher in long-chain fatty acids, compared with most other fats. Although there is no nutritional requirement for these fats (IOM Energy 2002) (WHO/FAO 1994), they are under investigation for possible benefits in certain disease states. As noted above, fish fats also contain significant amounts
of saturated fat (typical y 15-30 percent) (USDA 2005).
Fats from plant sources are typical y lower in saturated fat, with the notable
exception of tropical oils. However, al oils contain at least some saturated fat.
For example, olive oil is approximately 13 percent saturated fat.
Vitamin A

Some animal products contain abundant preformed vitamin A, while pro-vitamin
A carotenoids (β-carotene, α-carotene, and β-cryptoxanthin) are found in darkly
colored fruits and vegetables. The efficiency of absorption for preformed vitamin
A ranges from 70 to 90 percent, and the absorption fraction is independent of the
ingested quantity. In contrast, β -carotene absorption ranges from 9 to 22 percent
with absorption decreasing with increased consumption (IOM vitamin A 2001).
Dietary fat consumption increases carotenoid absorption, but does not alter
preformed vitamin A absorption (IOM vitamin A 2001).
Vitamin D

Vitamin D is natural y produced in the skin after exposure to ultraviolet light. A
modest exposure to sunlight wil provide adequate vitamin D. To be biological y
activated, inactive forms of vitamin D, cholecalciferol and ergocalciferol, must be
delivered to and hydroxylated in the liver and in the kidney.
Because vitamin D is produced in the body and does not have to be consumed, it
is actual y hormone, rather than a vitamin (Krause 2004). However, precursors to
vitamin D are found in some foods of animal and plant origin. Cholecalciferol, or
vitamin D3, comes from animals, and ergosterol, or vitamin D2, comes from
plants. Either must be further metabolized to its active form, calcitriol. D2 and D3 can be added to some commercial foods, such as cereals, dairy milk, soymilk, and other plant-derived milks. Iron

Dietary iron is found in two forms. Iron in its heme form is found in meat products
and has an absorption rate up to 25 percent. Non-heme iron is found in plant
products and has a variable absorption rate.
Non-heme iron is found in whole-grains, beans and some fruits and vegetables,
including beans, dark leafy green vegetables, dried fruits, soy products, fortified
grains, and nuts and seeds. Many plant foods such as citrus fruits and green
peppers are high in vitamin C which increases the absorbability of non-heme
Unlike heme iron, non-heme iron is absorbed according to the body's need.
The body has no efficient physiological pathway for iron excretion, and evidence
suggests easily absorbable heme-iron may result in elevated body iron stores.
Since non-heme iron absorption is influenced by individual iron status and other
dietary factors, risk of toxicity is minimized among individuals who do not also
supplement with iron (Alexander 1994) (Bal 1999) (Helman 1987)(Harman
Dairy products inhibit the absorbability of iron and may displace iron-rich foods.

Calcium is commonly found in legumes, vegetables, dairy products, and fortified
foods. Plant sources of calcium, such as legumes, are also good sources of
potassium, a mineral that helps reduce calcium losses.
Calcium absorption is highly influenced by many dietary factors. Oxalates (found
in some leafy green vegetables such as spinach, chard, and beet greens),
phytates (a phosphorous-containing compound found in the outer portion of
grains), and phosphorous itself (found in dairy products, eggs, and meat) may
reduce calcium absorption (Krause 2004). Therefore, foods high in oxalates,
phytates, and phosphorous should not be solely relied upon as calcium sources.
Sodium and calcium compete for resorption in the renal tubules (Matkovic 1995).
For every 2300 mg of sodium excreted by the kidney, 40-60 mg of calcium is also
lost (i.e., every 100 mmol of sodium excreted leads to the excretion of
approximately 1 mmol of calcium)(Nordin 1993). Because a 240 ml (8 oz) serving
of cow's milk contains 120 mg sodium, and other dairy products may contain up
to 20 percent of the RDA for sodium per serving, their consumption would be
expected to promote calcium loss in the urine. Findings from recent
epidemiologic and prospective studies in women (Feskanich 2003), children, and
adolescents (Lloyd 2000) (Lloyd 2001) (Lloyd 2002) (Kroger 1993) have
questioned the efficacy of the use of dairy products for the promotion of bone
health and have found little benefit from getting calcium from dairy products.
More important than calcium intake is calcium retention. Dietary protein,
particularly animal protein, high in sulfur containing amino acids, negatively
affects calcium balance by increasing calcium losses (Schuette 1981).
Metabolism of amino acids leads to low-grade metabolic acidosis; the skeleton,
as a reservoir of calcium salts, reacts by mobilizing salts to counter the
production of endogenous acid and neutralize the acidity. Research also shows
excess dietary protein not only increases urinary calcium loss but is associated
with higher rates of fracture (Feskanich 2003)(Sel meyer 2001).
Because a completely plant-based diet is devoid of animal protein, low in sodium
and phosphorus, the most optimal sources of calcium come from plants. Plant-
based diets may also decrease requirements by producing anions that can be metabolized (ex. acetate and bicarbonate) thus lowering urinary calcium excretion (Green 1994).
Macronutrients, micronutrients, and fiber are available in a variety of foods that
differ widely in their nutritional attributes. Some foods also contain harmful
constituents. In this section, the major food groups are discussed.

Legumes (beans, peas, and lentils) provide complex carbohydrate, protein,
traces of essential fats, soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and
minerals, such as calcium and iron.
Like al plant-derived foods, legumes contain no cholesterol. They are also very
low in saturated fat.

Green leafy vegetables contain protein, traces of essential fats, fiber, and an
abundance of vitamins (e.g., vitamin A, vitamin C, folate) and minerals (e.g.,
calcium, iron). Orange vegetables are particularly high in beta-carotene.
Starchy vegetables vary in their glycemic index, which is higher for white
potatoes and lower for sweet potatoes and yams.
Like al plant-derived foods, vegetables contain no cholesterol. They are also
very low in saturated fat.


Fruits provide carbohydrate, fiber, vitamins (e.g., vitamin C, folate, β-carotene),
and minerals (eg, potassium).
Fruits are higher in simple sugars, compared to legumes, vegetables, and grains.
However, with few exceptions, the glycemic index of most fruits is low.
Like al plant-derived foods, fruits contain no cholesterol. They are also very low
in saturated fat.

Whole grains provide complex carbohydrate, fiber, protein, and micronutrients, such as folate, vitamin B6, and magnesium, as wel as antioxidants such as selenium, vitamin E, and zinc.

Meats contain significant amounts of complete protein. As noted above, animal
protein differs from plant protein in its effects on renal function and calcium
Al meats contain significant amounts of saturated fat, ranging from 15 to 50
percent of energy. Meats also contain significant amounts of cholesterol.
The iron in meat is somewhat more bioavailable, compared with the iron in
plants. Once thought to be an advantage, the high iron bioavailability may
contribute to excessive iron accumulation, which may increase risk of
cardiovascular disease and other problems.
Like al animal products, meat contains no fiber or complex carbohydrate.
Dairy products

Dairy products are high in calcium. As a group, they are also high in sugar,
cholesterol, and saturated fat.
As Percentage of Total Fat

Eggs, like meat and soy, provide complete protein. However, eggs derive over 60
percent of their energy from fat, a third of which is saturated fat. Each egg also
contains 212 mg of cholesterol. There is no fiber in eggs.

Oils can provide a high dose of the essential fatty acids necessary for a healthy
diet. Some oils wil also provide nutrients such as vitamin E. However, most oils
also contain substantial amounts of competing fatty acids, including saturated
fats. Oils are also concentrated in calories.

Sugar is calorie-dense and nutrient-poor and is not required.
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XIV Conferencia de Tribunales Constitucionales Europeos Vilna, - de mayo de 2008 Los problemas de la omisión legislativa en la jurisprudencia constitucional Ponencia del Tribunal Constitucional de España Ponente: Letrado: Juan Luis Requejo Pagés 1. LA PROBLEMÁTICA DE LOS VACÍOS NORMATIVOS EN LA DOCTRINA CIENTÍFICA. 1.1. El concepto de "vacío normativo". 1.2. El concepto de "omisión legislativa". 1.3. La concepción del Tribunal Constitucional como legislador "positivo" o "negativo". 2. ESTABLECIMIENTO DEL CONTROL DE CONSTITUCIONALIDAD DE LAS OMISIONES LEGISLATIVAS EN LA CONSTITUCIÓN, EN OTRAS DISPOSICIONES O EN LA JURISPRUDENCIA CONSTITUCIONAL. 2.1. La Constitución en el sistema jurídico nacional. 2.2. Previsiones constitucionales expresas respecto de la jurisdicción del Tribunal Constitucional para examinar y determinar la constitucionalidad de los vacíos normativos. 2.3. Interpretación por la jurisprudencia constitucional de la jurisdicción del Tribunal Constitucional para examinar y determinar la constitucionalidad de vacíos normativos. 2.4. Establecimiento, bien en la ley reguladora de la actividad del Tribunal Constitucional, bien en otro texto legal, de la jurisdicción del Tribunal Constitucional para examinar y determinar la constitucionalidad de vacíos normativos. 3. LA OMISIÓN LEGISLATIVA COMO OBJETO DE CONOCIMIENTO POR EL TRIBUNAL CONSTITUCIONAL. 3.1. Legitimación para acceder al Tribunal Constitucional. 3.2. La omisión legislativa en las demandas de los recurrentes. 3.3. Examen de omisiones legislativas a iniciativa del Tribunal Constitucional. 3.4. Omisiones legislativas en leyes y otras normas jurídicas. 3.5. Negativa del Tribunal Constitucional a examinar vacíos normativos. 3.6. Iniciativa de examen de la "naturaleza conexa" ("related nature"). 4. EXAMEN Y DETERMINACIÓN DE LA CONSTITUCIONALIDAD DE LAS OMISIONES LEGISLATIVAS. 4.1. Peculiaridades del examen de las omisiones legislativas. 4.2. Constatación de la existencia de omisiones legislativas. 4.3. Metodología para el descubrimiento de omisiones legislativas. 4.4. Medidas adicionales. 4.5. Supuestos en que el Tribunal Constitucional examina las omisiones legislativas como parte del examen de los casos de justicia constitucional, pero sin resolver sobre su constitucionalidad. 4.6. Resolución sobre la omisión legislativa en el fallo de la decisión del Tribunal Constitucional. 4.7. El examen y las decisiones relativas a la "naturaleza conexa" ("related nature"). 4.8. Técnicas jurídicas empleadas por el Tribunal Constitucional para evitar la aparición de vacíos normativos como consecuencia de decisiones que declaran contraria a la Constitución una ley u otra norma jurídica. 5. CONSECUENCIAS DE LA CONSTATACIÓN POR EL TRIBUNAL CONSTITUCIONAL DE LA EXISTENCIA DE OMISIONES LEGISLATIVAS. 5.1. Deberes para el legislador. 5.2. Deberes de otro poderes normadores. 6. CONCLUSIONES