The Guidelines have not always provided the best dietary advice for Americans.

The Guidelines still present a one-size-fits-all approach to diet.


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This approach has not changed over time:

A one-size-fits-all approach does not provide for nutritional needs that vary by age, gender, genetic background and other factors

When the DGAs were launched in 1980, a report issued that same year by the National Academy of Sciences objected:

“The Board considers it scientifically unsound to make single, all-inclusive recommendations… The nutritional needs of the young growing infant are distinctly different from those of the inactive octogenarian…”

Children are of special concern

Children have different nutritional needs than adults. For example:

  • Children need choline for proper brain development
  • Children need fat in milk in order to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins and minerals in milk