• Obama Administration Releases New Dietary Guidelines Focusing on Limiting Sugar
  • January 19, 2016 | Authors: Edgar Asebey; Jonathan Berman; Colleen M. Heisey; Katherine M. Llewellyn; Cristiana Spontoni
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  • The Obama administration has released the updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans with a new focus on limiting sugar. The Guidelines are revised every five years by USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), based largely on advice from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Although the new Guidelines contain familiar advice—eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains—the focus on limiting sugar represents a significant change from previous Guidelines. For the first time, the U.S. government is advising Americans, who consume up to 22 teaspoons daily, to limit sugar to no more than 10 percent of daily calories. High levels of sugar consumption have been linked to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

    The Guidelines also conclude that teenage boys and men consume too much protein, recommending that men and boys reduce their intake of meat, poultry, and eggs. Another notable change is that the new Guidelines remove longstanding limits on dietary cholesterol, a victory for U.S. egg producers.

    USDA and HHS did not include all recommendations made by the Advisory Committee, such as the recommendations to cut back on red and processed meats and to include sustainability as a factor in making food choices. But the Guidelines are clear that Americans will need to change their eating patterns to meet these new goals.