Commodity, nutrition and health groups are gearing up for the last stretch of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, using public campaigns and scientific evidence in an attempt to shape the final product in a way that suits their members.
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.
Authors of the EAT-Lancet report recommending a “radical transformation” of the human diet to solve climate change have been defending their report from criticism that its recommendations may be impossible to implement and potential benefits oversold.
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.