Every few years or so, a Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (the Committee) reviews current scientific evidence related to diet, nutrition, and health. The Committee then reports its findings to the Secretaries of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This year, the 2015 Committee submitted its findings in the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (see Report).
The goal of the Report is to inform the Federal government with pertinent scientific information to serve as the basis for developing a national nutrition policy. The Federal government reviews the Report and takes it under advisement as it develops new dietary guidelines for Americans. Members of the public were invited to submit comments on the Report for 75-days, until May 8, 2015. After reviewing the comments, HHS and USDA will release the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines later this year.
The Committee’s Report was revolutionary this year in two key respects. First, the Report recommended – for the first time in history – that Americans consume more plants and less meat (see Report, Part B, Ch. 2, lines 43-48). To date, the dietary recommendations have always been Continue reading