The United States Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services have released the eighth edition of its Dietary Guidelines for Americans on January 7.
Updated every five years, the Guidelines incorporate current scientific and medical knowledge to improve health and reduce risk of chronic diseases by promoting healthy eating habits of Americans. According to the report, “About half of all American adults have one or more preventable, diet-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and overweight and obesity.”
Unlike previous guidelines that recommended consumption of food groups and nutrients, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines focus on healthy eating patterns. The aim is to give Americans greater flexibility in terms of choosing a diet that would work for them in terms of meeting their individual preferences and nutrient needs.