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New Year, New Dietary Guidelines
Last week, I watched the virtual release of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Here are some highlights for you:
There are four over-arching guidelines:
Follow a healthy dietary pattern at every life stage.
Customize and enjoy nutrient-dense food and beverage choices to reflect personal preferences, cultural traditions, and budgetary considerations.
Focus on meeting food group needs with nutrient-dense foods and beverages, and stay within calorie limits.
Limit food and beverages higher in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium, and limit alcoholic beverages.
The new edition of the Dietary Guidelines comes with a new call to action – Make Every Bite Count!
This theme was evident throughout the virtual presentation and you’ll also see it in the new materials available at DietaryGuidelines.gov.
There’s emphasis on the idea that “every American can take one step each day to be better off than the day before.”
For the first time, the Dietary Guidelines provides recommendations across the lifespan, from birth to older adulthood, including pregnancy and lactation.
Admiral Brett Giroir, MD, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services said this: “The good news is that the science tells us that it is never too early nor too late to eat healthy, which is why it is so important to make every bite count."
Recommendations on added sugar intake did not change.