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New USDA Dietary Guidelines Report: “Introduce Peanut and Egg in First Year of Life”

Learn how the new Dietary Guidelines report released from the USDA will impact your child’s early nutrition including recommendations to introduce peanut and egg for every baby.

In this article you'll learn:

  • What are the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and what they mean for your family
  • Important new guidelines that are specifically designed for infants and children 0-24 months of age
  • How new research on childhood food allergy has led the new USDA guidelines to recommend introducing peanut and egg for every baby

What are the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA)? 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) just released the report for the new 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), the ninth edition of evidence-based nutrition guidelines that help shape and promote the food choices made by millions of Americans -- children, parents, and seniors every day. They are developed every 5 years and are designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. The Guidelines outline how people can improve their overall eating patterns with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits.

Who develops the guidelines? 

The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is composed of 20 committee members and is formed by the USDA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Committee is responsible for reviewing the latest science and research in addition to public comments to weigh in on these influential guidelines. 

2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines: What Families Need To Know

The 2020-2025 DGA will impact the nutrition and health of millions of American families and here’s what families need to know about the new guidelines:

  1. Public Comment and Transparency - For the first time ever, the USDA sought to encourage transparency by posting for public comment the topics and supporting scientific questions to be examined at the start of the process to develop the guidelines. This reflects an important change in the guidelines process as more than 62,000 public comments were submitted when the comment period closed on June 10.
  2. Introducing Maternal and Early Childhood (0-24 Month) Guidelines  -  Because of rising health concerns for children including obesity, the 2020 guidelines will attempt for the first time to provide strong, evidence-based recommendations for pregnant women, infants and young children. In addition, there is increasing evidence that 0-24 months plays an important role in early childhood brain development and overall health. 
  3. No Added Sugar for Children Under 2: As part of the new guidelines for babies and toddlers, the 2020-2025 DGA is also recommending no added sugar for infants and children under the age of 2. This helps to address the obesity epidemic that now affects nearly 5 million American children.
  4. Egg and Peanut Introduction for Every Baby: The new guidelines also recommend feeding babies peanut and egg starting at 4 months of age. This change was supported by clinical trials, showing that early introduction of allergenic foods is safe. This important recommendation applies to all babies and risk groups, underlining the importance of early allergen introduction

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If your infant has severe eczema, check with your infant’s healthcare provider before feeding foods containing ground peanuts.

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