Dietary Guidelines revision kicks off

May 5, 2022

The federal government began the process of revising the Dietary Guidelines for Americans by releasing a draft set of scientific questions,  and public comments will be taken until May 16. UEP will file comments, as will the Egg Nutrition Center.

The Dietary Guidelines are the official nutrition advice of the U.S. government, and not only determine the foods offered in some federal nutrition programs, but also influence corporate product formulation decisions and consumer demand. In 2015, the DGA removed previous references to a 300-milligram daily limit on dietary cholesterol, a significant win for eggs. The 2020 DGA continued the 2015 advice, which recognized the science showing that dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol are not closely linked for most people.

In revising the DGA for 2025, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture will create an expert committee of academics and medical professionals, which will prepare a report that is then turned into the actual DGA by HHS and USDA. The advisory committee’s work will center around answering the scientific questions on which comments are now being accepted, so the wording and subject matter of the questions will be important.