Dietary Guidelines Committee Discusses Protocols, Hears Public Comment

In its second public meeting last week, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) heard comments from the public on the content of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). The DGAC also discussed protocols for reviewing scientific research and data that will be used as the basis for their recommendations.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans serve as a source of information for the public on food and nutrition. They also help health professionals and policymakers guide Americans to make healthy food and beverage choices and set science-based nutrition policy. The DGA serve as the basis for the nutrition criteria for federal nutrition programs, such as the school meal programs. The guidelines are reviewed every five years, a process managed by USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services and informed by the experts of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).

The protocols discussed by the DGAC last week addressed which methods, research papers and data sets will be used to develop the DGAC’s conclusions on a variety of topics, including dietary patterns, beverages, nutrients of public health concern, fat and added sugars.

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