New Dietary Guidelines Scientific Report Released

New Dietary Guidelines Scientific Report Released

The new 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines Scientific Report compiled by the Guidelines Advisory Committee was posted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on July 14, 2020. Not surprisingly, the report recommends Americans should eat more fruits and vegetables and cut down their intake of red meat, sugar and alcohol.

The report nudges down the amount of added sugar that it recommends as appropriate for a healthy diet. Five years ago, the recommendation was that no more than 10% of all calories consumed come from added sugars. This year, the committee recommends no more than 6% of calories come from them.

“The Committee found strong evidence that, in adults, a core dietary pattern characterized as higher in vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, whole grains, lean meats and seafood, appropriate dairy foods, and unsaturated vegetable oils, while being lower in red and processed meats, saturated fatty acids and cholesterol, and beverages and foods with added sugars is associated with reduced risk of all-causes of mortality,” the report says.

The report will be used by policymakers to craft the final guidelines, which will be published before the end of the year. A public meeting will be held Aug. 11 to discuss this report and its recommendations.

The committee, made up of doctors, scientists, dietitians and other medical professionals, compiled the 835-page scientific report by looking through research — more than 1,500 primary research documents — and taking public commentary, both online and through public meetings. The guidelines, which are published by USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are updated every five years.

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