The guidelines stop short of two key recommendations from scientists advising the government. Those advisers said in July that everyone should limit their added sugar intake to less than 6% of calories and men should limit alcohol to one drink per day.
Instead, the guidelines stick with previous advice: limit added sugar to less than 10% of calories per day after age 2. And men should limit alcohol to no more than two drinks per day, twice as much as advised for women.
Finally, though some real change for US dietary guidelines. We are very much what we eat, and many do not eat very healthily. You do not have to survive only on eating lettuce, but all the added sugar and refined carbs is not only not contributing any nutrition, it is creating a lot of obesity. The advice, maybe minus the breast milk, should apply for adults too.
See New US dietary guidelines: No candy, cake for kids under 2
Parents now have an extra reason to say no to candy, cake and ice cream for young children. The first U.S. government dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers, released Tuesday, recommend feeding only breast milk for at least six months and no added sugar for children under age 2.