An advisory committee has recommended that the next set of dietary guidelines have some changes. These include that Americans cut back on their alcohol consumption and sugar intake. What they are proposing is only 1 alcoholic beverage per day on the days that alcohol is consumed. In the past, the limit was two drinks for men and one for women.
As far as sugar intake…the committee suggests that less than 6% of energy come from added sugars. The previous guidelines suggested less than 10%. The average sugar consumption in the U.S. is around 13%. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated a new food label, (first initiated in 2018) that must be in effect by January 1, 2021, this upcoming year. Many food companies have already embraced this new food labeling. One of the biggest changes has been the new “added sugar” section. This makes it much easier to differentiate “naturally occurring sugars” from “added sugars”. This new label separates the two and also includes the percent Daily Value (%DV) for added sugars, which previously was not required.
The report will be used by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services to formulate the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For the first time, the guidelines will cover a broad range of recommendations for all age groups including, infants, toddlers and pregnant women. The guidelines also include dietary patterns in relationship to several different types of cancer such as colorectal, breast and prostate cancers.
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