“The report was introduced as science-based – they used the word ‘science’ many times and made a big point of it,” she added. “But they ignored the scientific committee they appointed, which I found amazing.”
In other respects, the new guidelines are consistent with previously issued federal recommendations. Americans are encouraged to eat healthier foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seafood, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, and lean meats and poultry.
The guidelines urge the nation to consume less saturated fat, sodium, and alcohol, and limit caloric intake.
Indeed, officials from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an advocacy group, said they were pleased that the guidelines continued to affirm diets high in fruits and vegetables and less in red meat and processed meat, despite saying they were “Missed the mark” “On added sugars.
Jessi Silverman, a CSPI registered nutritionist and public health advocate, urged the new Biden government to take action to remove barriers to healthy eating, such as restoring nutritional standards for whole grains, sodium and milk as part of the national school feeding programs were rolled back under President Trump.
For the first time, the guidelines take a “life-cycle approach” and seek to outline comprehensive advice for pregnant and breastfeeding adults, and children under 2 years of age.
One of the recommendations for pregnant women, pregnant women, and nursing mothers is to eat plenty of seafood and fish, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids but low in methylmercury and which can have deleterious effects on a developing fetus. This eating pattern has been linked to healthier pregnancies and better cognitive development in children.