CDC Recommends Virtual Dinners for Thanksgiving


I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

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A federal committee is recommending Americans limit their consumption of added sugars to 6-percent of their daily calories. That’s down from the current guideline of 10-percent. The new dietary guidelines are aimed at addressing rising obesity rates. The new limit would only apply to added sugars, found in processed foods from soda and pasta sauce to cereal and yogurt, as well as honey and sugar itself. This is part of a revision of the U.S. government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which is updated every five years. USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services are reviewing the suggestions and will offer final guidelines by the end of the year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its suggestions for Thanksgiving during the coronavirus. It notes staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus. Instead of gathering around a table. It suggests everyone gather around a computer screen. It says virtual dinners and delivering family meals without contact is low risk during this pandemic.

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