New Dietary Guidelines Released by HHS and USDA

Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee makes recommendations to “Make Every Bite Count.”

Dietary guidelines for Americans titled “Make Every Bite Count” were released at the end of 2020 by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture. These guidelines are updated every five years to provide the general public with evidence-based nutritional recommendations and guidance for healthcare professionals and policy makers. This also provides a base for federal nutrition programs.

“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,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “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 guidelines were developed over fifteen months by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee built on prior editions, scientific reports, input from federal agencies, and public comments. The report encourages the intake of nutrient-dense foods and beverages at every stage of life, and recommends limiting the consumption of added sugars and alcoholic beverages.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Azar as he leads the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • For Secretary Perdue as he oversees the Department of Agriculture.
  • That the updated guidelines would benefit Americans’ health,

Sources: Health and Human Services, Department of Agriculture


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