At the end of 2020, USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020–2025, which is released every five years to offer science-based guidance to promote healthy eating, reduce the risk of chronic illness, and prevent disease.

New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Exclude Added Sugar and Alcohol Recommendations

many were surprised that more stringent recommendations on sugar intake and alcohol were not included. In July, a 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released a report recommending sugar be cut back to 6% of total calories and a maximum limit of alcoholic beverages for men to just one drink per day.

USDA and HHS did not take that advice.