How prepared is your company to adapt to the new 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA)? With the nation's go-to source for nutrition advice getting a significant update in it's 9th edition, food, beverage, and dietary supplements companies need to be in the know.
About the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Jointly published by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) every five years, the guidelines provide science-based recommendations designed to foster healthy dietary patterns for Americans of all ages – from birth through older adults. Significantly, this edition expands the guidance, for the first time, including recommended healthy dietary patterns for children under two and pregnant and nursing women.
"The science tells us that good nutrition leads to better health outcomes, and the new dietary guidelines use the best available evidence to give Americans the information they need to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families," said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. "USDA and HHS have expanded this edition of the dietary guidelines to provide new guidance for infants, toddlers, and pregnant and breastfeeding women, helping all Americans to improve their health, no matter their age or life stage."
The DGA is a robust set of recommendations that go beyond providing information to consumers. They inform all government dietary guidance, determine national nutrition standards, influence agricultural policies, direct F&B and dietary supplements product innovation, impact nutrition research, and guide healthcare practices. One could argue that the DGA is the most influential health-related document in the United States and maybe even the world.
There is a 2020-2025 DGA Call to Action
"Make Every Bite Count" with the 2020-2025 DGA is about choosing healthy foods and beverages that are rich in nutrients while remaining within your calorie limit to achieve optimum wellness.
There are 4 Overarching Guidelines in the 2020-2025 Edition
Follow a healthy dietary pattern at every life stage.
Customize and enjoy nutrient-dense food and beverage choices to reflect personal preferences, cultural traditions, and budgetary considerations.
Focus on meeting food group needs with nutrient-dense foods and beverages, and stay within calorie limits.
Limit foods and beverages higher in added sugars, saturated fat, sodium, and limit alcoholic beverages.
There are 4 Key Recommendations to Support the 4 Guidelines
Limiting added sugars* to less than 10% of calories per day for ages two and older and to avoid added sugars for infants and toddlers;
Limiting saturated fat to less than 10% of calories per day starting at age 2;
Limiting sodium intake to less than 2,300mg per day (or even less if younger than 14);
Limiting alcoholic beverages* (if consumed) to 2 drinks or less a day for men and 1 drink or less a day for women.
* The 2020-2025 DGA recommends limiting the intake of added sugars and alcoholic beverages, but don't change quantity recommendations from the 2015-2020 DGA due to insufficient evidence.
There are 3 Key Dietary Principles
Meet nutritional needs primarily from foods and beverages.
Choose a variety of options from each food group.
Pay attention to portion size.
Looking to the Future
The Committee also included important considerations for future research, such as a need to reconsider the Dietary Reference Intakes. The U.S. and Canadian Dietary Reference Intake Steering Committees are currently developing plans to re-examine energy, protein, fat, and carbohydrate–the timeline for these macronutrient reviews has not been established.
Get Ready for the New Dietary Guidelines for Americans
With the new Dietary Guidelines released, food, beverage, and supplements, companies need to review formulations, production methods, and product portfolios to plan for necessary updates.Watch our on-demand webinar featuring leading food nutrition expert and Ketchum Inc. Managing Director Alison Borgmeyer. Alison breaks down the new guidelines and advises how brands can get out in front of upcoming shifts in consumer preferences and the market.