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Make Every Bite Count - USDA, HHS Release Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025

Vipin Saini
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Dietary Guidelines

Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the nation’s trusted resource for evidence-based nutrition guidance. The guidelines are designed for use by healthcare professionals and policy makers for outreach to the general public and provide the nutritional foundation for federal nutrition programs. The dietary guidelines should not be considered clinical guidelines for the treatment of disease.  

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Stated that the USDA and HHS, work to serve the American people – to help every American thrive and live healthier lives through access to healthy foods and providing nutrition recommendations. He said “With the release of the dietary guidelines, we have taken the very important step to provide nutrition guidance that can help all Americans lead healthier lives by making every bite count.” 

HHS Secretary Alex Azar stated that “The science tells us that good nutrition leads to better health outcomes, and the new dietary guidelines use the best available evidence to give Americans the information they need to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families. USDA and HHS have expanded this edition of the dietary guidelines to provide new guidance for infants, toddlers, and pregnant and breastfeeding women, helping all Americans to improve their health, no matter their age or life stage.” 

The new guidelines build on the previous editions and were informed by the scientific report developed by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, along with comments from the public and input from federal agencies. USDA and HHS also made transparency a priority in this edition and appreciate the many public comments that were received throughout this process. 

This Release provides the public with the most up-to-date evidence on dietary behaviours that promote health and may help prevent chronic disease. Steeped in scientific evidence, the key recommendations look similar to those of the past and address two topics that garnered much attention throughout the development of the guidelines – added sugars and alcoholic beverages. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 carried forward the committee’s emphasis on limiting these dietary components, but did not include changes to quantitative recommendations, as there was not a preponderance of evidence in the material the committee reviewed to support specific changes, as required by law. As in previous editions, limited intake of these two food components is encouraged. In fact, this sentiment remains prominent throughout the policy document and complements the four overarching guidelines, which encourage Americans to “Make Every Bite Count” by: 

1. Following a healthy dietary pattern at every life stage.

2. Customizing and enjoying nutrient-dense food and beverage choices to reflect personal preferences, cultural traditions, and budgetary considerations.

3. Focusing on meeting food group needs with nutrient-dense foods and beverages from five food groups – vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and fortified soy alternatives, and proteins – and staying within calorie limits.

4. Limiting foods and beverages higher in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium, and limiting alcoholic beverages.

For the American consumers, USDA’s MyPlate translates and packages these principles of dietary guidance in a way that is handy and accessible.  

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