ODPHP must be in charge this round (leadership passes back and forth between ODPHP and USDA’s nutrition policy office). It says:
You can get involved by:
- Attending virtual meetings: View the recording of the first meeting held in February 2023, and register to view the livestream of the second meeting on May 10th on DietaryGuidelines.gov.
- Providing public comments: Comments may be submitted online.
- Subscribing to email updates: Stay informed on each step of the process by registering for updates.
More details on the Dietary Guidelines development process can be found at DietaryGuidelines.gov.
What to expect?
- Investigative reports on conflicts of interest among members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (members must report conflicted interests but the agencies do not make the reports public)
- Nothing about sustainability (Off the table; the agencies said there will be a separate report on tha: t. When?)
- Nothing about meat (Off the table)
- Debates about the significance of ultra-processed foods (but only with respect to heart disease)
- Other issues, surely
My prediction: after an enormous amount of work, the guidelines will say, as they mostly do:
- Balance calorie intake with expenditure
- Eat more plant foods (foods)
- Don’t eat too much salt, sugar, saturated fat (nutrients)
- And, if we are lucky, minimize or avoid ultra-processed foods
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