The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are published every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and provide valuable information on how people can live healthier lives and prevent diet-related diseases such as diabetes.

Included in them are how much sugar Americans should consume, food items that should be avoided, how much of a certain macronutrient you should be eating, and more. All of the suggestions are based off years of scientific research, and have been vetted by experts in the nutrition field.

It’s important that Americans listen to these suggestions; Heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are all on the rise in this country, and the tips provided in the guidelines have been shown to reduce all of those. One who listens to these guidelines is more likely to live a longer, healthier life than someone who ignores the scientific consensus presented in them.

A group of nutrition and dietetics experts are selected to review the latest scientific data and determine if any changes need to be made to the guidelines before they’re published.

In mid-July, the committee’s report was released on the proposed 2020-25 guidelines with several recommendations made. They tackled everything from the nutrition of infants to the amount of drinks you should have in a day.

This group of scientists made their recommendations to the government and no one knows what will actually make it into the 2020-2025 dietary guidelines. We will need to wait just a few more months to see.