Dietary Guidelines Committee Scientific Report

Dietary Guidelines Committee Scientific Report

Maura Bennett
Maura Bennett

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has released its 2020 Scientific Report which is the basis for the final 2020-25 Dietary Guidelines.

Representatives from a wide range of food and beverage industry groups, health, and nutrition advocates also offered a critique of the Scientific Report:

National Potato Council:

“NPC was disappointed to see potatoes missing from the DGA’s list of good potassium sources specifically for birth to 24 months given the noted challenge for them meeting their potassium and iron needs.”

The American Public Health Association:

“Alchohol is responsible for lots of mortality. Alcohol-related deaths have doubled over the last two decades. Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the US.”

The US Cattlemen’s Association:

“Delay the release of the 2020-25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans until the scope of the report includes not only recommendations for healthy Americans but also for those suffering from declining health.”

The group has been meeting and taking public input for the updated guidelines since 2018.

The guidelines are updated every five years by the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The final guidelines are expected to be released by the end of December.

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