“The expertise of registered dietitians is evident in the new dietary guidelines for Americans.”
The Academy was closely involved at every stage of the three-year process of developing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for 2020-2025, providing input and suggestions for refinement throughout the project. The additional opportunities the USDA and HHS provided for public comment on research protocols and other resources during development effectively improved the transparency and trustworthiness of the scientific review process.
“The Academy prides itself on the thorough, independent scientific review by our 10 Academy members and other renowned experts who served on the 2020 Nutritional Guidelines Advisory Committee,” said Farr. “We recognize that the lack of available research limited the committee’s ability to answer key scientific questions, and we urge Congress to allocate sufficient resources to carry out the research that advisory committees have been calling for for 40 years.”
Although the new Nutritional guidelines The Nutritional Guidelines 2020-2025 reflect many of the Academy’s proposals to clarify aspects of the Advisory Committee’s scientific report, including reviewing certain methods and re-evaluating some recommendations. They do not contain such important recommendations from the Academy as:
- Consideration of the recommendations of the guidelines through a lens of health justice
- Clarify when a particular recommendation is based on research studies that may not generalize to the US population
- Recognize the relationship between food, nutrition and sustainability and highlight the importance of sustainable food systems for the development, definition and implementation of the guidelines
- Offer substantive strategic recommendations tailored to health professionals, industries, community groups, federal and state governments, and others who are responsible for either implementing the guidelines or making them easier for the public to adopt.
The Academy will continue to highlight these recommendations to federal agencies for consideration as part of the Academy’s regulatory initiatives to strengthen food and nutrition programs and services.
“Overall that is The expertise of registered dietitians can be seen in the Nutritional Guidelines for Americans“Said Farr.
The main recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for 2020-2025 focus on the eating habits that are appropriate for the different stages of life, including:
- The first federal nutritional guidelines for infants and children from birth to two years of age, reflecting the Academy’s substantive recommendations and proposed strategies for parents to put them into action
- Providing new nutritional guidelines tailored to older adults as part of a lifelong approach to dietary advice, taking into account that dietary needs and eating habits are different for adults between the ages of 19 and 59 and over 60
- One focus is on choosing nutritious foods to meet nutritional needs without adding excess calories from added sugars, sodium, or saturated fat to American eating habits
- A reminder that it’s never too early or too late to improve your eating plan and establish healthy eating habits.
“Nutritional research remains the foundation on which nutritional guidelines are developed. The Academy outlined ways to strengthen the literature in ours Remarks and will continue to advocate research funding and infrastructure within federal agencies, “said Farr.
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