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2020–25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans


On December 29, 2020, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020–2025 were released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS). These guidelines are released every five years and provide science-based recommendations for achieving healthy dietary patterns. The guidelines are designed for use by healthcare professionals and policy makers and serve as the foundation for the key messages of federally funded nutrition programs.

The key recommendations contained in the edition released today are similar to those of the past. Additionally, and for the first time, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans include recommended healthy dietary patterns for infants and toddlers. The MyPlate approach to public education has also been preserved, with the overarching message of this release to “Make Every Bite Count” by:

  • Following a healthy dietary pattern at every life stage.
  • Customizing and enjoying nutrient-dense food and beverage choices to reflect personal preferences, cultural traditions, and budgetary considerations.
  • Focusing on meeting food group needs with nutrient-dense foods and beverages from five food groups – vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and fortified soy alternatives, and proteins – and staying within calorie limits.
  • Limiting foods and beverages higher in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium, and limiting alcoholic beverages.

Finally, although the committee recommended further reduction of added sugar and alcohol, this edition did not include changes to the recommended amounts, citing lack of evidence to support specific changes.

For more on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, visit the Dietary Guidelines for Americans website External link opens in new window or tab. where you can access the full report, an executive summary, online materials, and consumer resources.

If you have questions regarding this subject, please e-mail them to HHFKA@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
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