In an unprecedented attempt to further influence the eating habits of Americans, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture, have predetermined the topics that will be addressed by the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines Committee.
By limiting the topics to 80 questions, none of which address the health implications of ultraprocessed foods, meat, and sodium, the USDA/HHS have effectively left out what are arguably the most important nutrition questions to date.
Why it matters
The dietary pattern of the average American is already dangerously imbalanced, as evidenced by the fact over half of the calories consumed by Americans come from ultraprocessed foods and only 1 in 10 people consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Not to mention the average American consumes 50% more meat and double the amount of sodium recommended as the upper limits in the current 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines. Given these facts, it is both unacceptable and dangerous for the committee to purposely ignore leading evidence-based nutrition science pertaining to ultraprocessed foods, meat, and sodium.
How you can help
Clearly, now is not the time to ignore evidence-based nutrition science by excluding questions about ultraprocessed foods, meat, and sodium addressed by the Dietary Guidelines Committee. Now is the time to demand better from the people responsible for the current and future health of millions of Americans.
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