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Ask A Nutritionist: New Dietary Guidelines + Why They Matter

By: Kristal Shelden, MPH, RDN

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  • 3 Minute Read   

In this episode of Ask a Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Kristal Shelden answers the question, " What’s in the new dietary guidelines for Americans and why do they matter?" 

The newly released 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide recommendations on what people should eat and drink to promote health and prevent chronic diseases as well as serve as a basis for federal nutrition policies and programs. Published every five years, the latest Dietary Guidelines emphasize healthy eating patterns over individual nutrients as they are a better predictor of overall health status and disease risk over time. 

Kristal elaborates on the expanded recommendations to address the nutritional needs of people across the lifespan, looking at five key life stages: infancy and toddlerhood, childhood and adolescence, adulthood, pregnancy and lactation and older adulthood. By “making every bite count,” the Dietary Guidelines encourage people to shift their eating habits to make healthier food and drink choices in the short term, supporting better health in the long term. 

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MEDICAL DISCLAIMER
Ask a Nutritionist is an educational video series developed by Dairy Council of California and hosted by registered dietitian nutritionists for educational and informational purposes only. It does not provide individualized nutrition advice and is not intended to be a substitute for recommendations made by your doctor, registered dietitian nutritionist or other health professional. Always seek the guidance of your health care professionals for any specific questions you may have regarding your health or medical condition. If you wish to seek clarification,  please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
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Kristal Shelden, MPH, RDN

Kristal Shelden, MPH, RDN

Kristal is the project manager of nutrition science and a registered dietitian nutritionist.

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