Reject alcohol, advice on added sugars: Government officials ultimately decided not to adopt the tougher alcohol recommendation, which sparked a furious backlash and lobbying from the alcohol industry.
The advisory committee had also suggested that the guidelines should take a tougher line on added sugars, but the USDA and HHS have decided to stick with the Obama-era advice that people try not to eat more. 10% of their calories from added sugars. (The committee recommended lowering the limit further to 6 percent).
For the first time, the guidelines explicitly include advice for infants and toddlers as well as pregnant and lactating women.
The government recommends that infants be exclusively fed breast milk until the age of 6 months, if possible, and if not, infant formula. When infants are ready to start adding solid foods, usually around 6 months, the government recommends that caregivers focus on nutrient-dense foods to ensure babies are getting enough key nutrients like iron and zinc. . Infants and toddlers should also avoid foods with added sugars and limit foods higher in sodium.
New theme: The theme for the 2020-2025 edition of the guidelines is “Make Every Bite Count,” a message intended to encourage the choice of nutrient-dense foods and beverages, which is especially important for infants and toddlers. .
Political context: The guidelines, which are updated every five years, have long been the subject of intense political struggle and pressure because they govern what is served in major federal nutrition programs and strongly influence nutrition messages for individuals. millions of Americans, although most people do not take government advice. .