Most Americans need to significantly cut back on their consumption of added sugars, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee said in a scientific report released today, kicking off a public comment period that ends Aug. 13.
The Nutrition Coalition, which has been critical of the process used to produce the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, is calling for a delay in the release of the draft report, saying “one or more members” of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee have contacted the coalition to express concern about the quality of the science being used.
The debate over fats in the American diet has entered a critical phase for members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, who barely have two months to finish their draft report and send it to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who make the final decisions on what’s in and what’s out.
Groups that have been engaged in the process of developing the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans are trying to get the ear of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar before the last meeting of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
A meeting of the government’s dietary guidelines advisers has been moved online and schools are being offered flexibility in feeding low-income kids as the Agriculture Department tries to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak.
A collection of consumer, health and other groups is urging the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to use external reviews and reports developed by outside entities as it develops its latest version of nutrition recommendations for Americans.
Advocates of plant-based diets, including several people who claimed they had improved their health significantly by adopting them, showed up in force Thursday to make the case that the federal government should radically modify its nutritional advice.
The roles of plant-based foods and carbohydrates in a healthy diet will be among the items on the agenda for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee as the group crafts recommendations for the 2020 version of the guidelines.