The federal government is on schedule for another version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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Like those cicada species that emerge en mass on a 13 or 17-year schedule, the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is right on schedule with the federal government’s five-year mandated schedule. The committee is a joint venture of the  U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA).

This week, the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. completed the fifth of five scheduled work sessions for its 20 members, drawn mostly from academic backgrounds. At this point in the proceedings, it’s difficult to say what will be needed in the 2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The committee is appointed every five years and members are often criticized for conflicts of interest, mostly with the food industry. This year, the non-profit Right to Know said nine of the 20 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee experts have had conflicts of interest in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, or weight loss industries in the past five years. More disclosure is used to settle the issue.

Wine could be on the chopping block as the World Health Organization pushes for prohibition.   Potatoes appear safe, while lactose illnesses in certain minority populations have dairy under the microscope.

The fifth round of committee meetings ending this week were to feature presentations from each subcommittee. The Committee also shared the progress made since the fourth public meeting, including protocol development, evidence review and synthesis, draft conclusion statements, and plans for future Committee work.

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The federal government is on schedule for another version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans