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Last Updated: February 24, 2015

Topic: Dietary Guidelines


The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are published every five years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These guidelines provide evidence-based nutrition information and advice for people age two and older.


The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are a set of general nutritional advice designed for American consumers. These guidelines often set the stage for future food policies. 

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) supports dietary recommendations that offer realistic and constructive advice to Americans. In moderation, health experts overwhelmingly agree that there is a role for treats like confections in a happy, balanced lifestyle.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report is intended to inform the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which serve as the cornerstone for all federal nutrition policy and programs. As such, it is vital that the strongest, best available scientific and medical evidence is used by the DGAC to minimize bias, and ensure transparency and reproducibility. Like other organizations, NCA is concerned that the DGAC did not follow established evidenced-based reviews for some of its evaluations of current science. In particular, NCA questions the DGAC’s lack of scientific review of policy recommendations that are intended to limit consumer choices or decrease demand by increasing the price of foods and beverages, such as taxes.

NCA looks forward to working with the Departments of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop guidelines that will help more Americans live a healthier lifestyle while enjoying occasional treats like chocolate, candy, gum and mints, which are some of life’s little pleasures.

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