Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services released the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary guidelines are science-based guidelines offering advice on healthy eating patterns and recommendations for the general population.
The 2020-2025 guidelines are the first set to include a recommendation for babies, toddlers, and pregnant and lactating women. These are referred to as “life stages,” establishing each “life stage” age group should be consuming different diets. For instance, one recommendation for children under two years old emphasized this age group should not be consuming added sugar.
Although there were some updates in the most recent guidelines, many recommendations did not change, leading to controversy. Despite recommendations from the scientific advisory board, sugar and alcohol intake remained the same. Experts did advise that just one drink a day was best for both men and women and that added sugars should account for less than 6% of calories.
For fun and healthy snacks that meet the new guidelines, try some of the low sugar recipes for kids.