USDA and HHS Release Dietary Guidelines for Americans


Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025, jointly published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services was released on December 29th.  Published at five-year intervals the Guideline provides recommendations for healthy dietary practices covering a range of ages.


Guidelines incorporated in the document are based on scientific principles and are used by dieticians, healthcare professionals and also form the basis of federal nutrition initiatives and policy.


The Guideline was developed by an advisory committee and incorporates comments from the public, academia and federal agencies. Generally guidelines are subject to both criticism and acceptance as the interests of advocacy groups are either denied or supported.


The Guideline advocates limiting foods and beverages high in added sugars, saturated fat and sodium.  The Guideline promotes a healthy dietary pattern for all life stages.  Nutrient-dense foods from the five groups comprising vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and proteins are promoted with limitation on caloric and alcohol intake.


Additional information on the Guideline is available at