Protect the Dietary Guidelines

Margo Wootan, CSPI <>
Mar 23 at 1:46 PM
 Americans deserve nutrition advice based on sound science
Center for Science in the Public Interest
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Protect the Dietary Guidelines
Dear Halimah,

The food and beverage industry has long attacked nutrition science. Now it has the Trump administration to back it up.

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services convene top scientists to review the evidence and update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Those Guidelines are used by health professionals to give nutrition advice and are the basis for national, state, and local nutrition policies. For example, they are the underpinning for school meals that include more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and less salt and saturated fat.

But if the Trump Administration omits or weakens any of those recommendations in the 2020 Guidelines, you can expect whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in school meals to dwindle and salt, sugar, and saturated fat to climb. And that’s what may happen.

In a move that should please industry giants, the administration is attempting to narrow the scope of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Its current proposal ignores salt entirely. And it’s not clear how carefully it will look at whole grains, fruits, vegetables, saturated fat, and sugars.

I need your help.  Please join CSPI in urging USDA and HHS not to gut the Guidelines. Our children need healthy school meals. All Americans deserve nutrition advice built on complete and sound science.


Vice President for Nutrition
Center for Science in the Public Interest

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