Dietary Guidelines for Americans


The Dietary Guidelines for Americans contains the federal government’s basic nutrition advice for its citizens, and forms the basis for much federal, state, and local nutrition policies.

Updated once every five years, the DGA is written jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services, based on a science report written by a distinguished panel of scientific experts, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The current edition, the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, was released on December 29, 2020.

The advice in the Guidelines has changed little in the past 40 years. The document typically calls on Americans to consume more fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, and less refined grains, added sugars, and fatty meat. While some have actually blamed the Guidelines for diet-related health problems in the population, the truth is that Americans have not, nor do they now, eat according to the Guidelines. That’s why the Center for Science in the Public Interest and other health advocates support policies that help Americans select diets that are more in line with the government’s sensible advice.

CSPI on the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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Background Information about the Dietary Guidelines for Americans:

The Process to Develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Throughout the process to develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, CSPI worked to ensure that this update would be based on the strongest science available. For the first time, the guidelines will provide nutrition advice for pregnant and lactating women, infants, and children through 24 months of age. Below you will find some of our advocacy materials, including written and oral comments submitted to the federal agencies and advisory committee charged with updating the guidelines.

CSPI on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans:

Background on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: