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Dietary Guidelines

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) – which provide the basis for federal food and nutrition policy and nutrition education initiatives – are updated and published every five years in a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption is a key recommendation of the DGAs as a result of nearly 90 percent of adults having a diet low in fruits and vegetables. 

Specifically, the 2020-2025 DGAs recommend Americans include a variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups—dark green, red and orange, starchy, and legumes (beans, peas, and lentils) – and increase consumption of fruits, especially whole fruits (including fresh-cut).

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While the 2020-2025 DGAs recommendations for fruits and vegetables are relatively similar to the previous guidelines, the current DGAs include, for the first time:

  • Fruit and vegetable exposure and consumption recommendations for children under age 2
  • Fruit and vegetable consumption recommendations for pregnant and lactating mothers

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Nutrition Community

All United Fresh Members are invited to join the Nutrition Community Listserv to receive timely messaging on fresh produce nutrition initiatives. Contact Emily Uminski to be added today. Not a member? Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member today.

For more information on the DGAs or United Fresh’s nutrition efforts, contact Mollie Van Lieu, Senior Director, Nutrition Policy at 202-303-3403.