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To prevent disease, the Dietary Guidelines for
Americans recommend eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and
low-fat or nonfat dairy products. The guidelines also emphasize:
These guidelines from the United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) are updated every 5 years to promote health and reduce risk for
major chronic diseases.
Key recommendations for the general public
include the following.1
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S.
Department of Agriculture (2010). Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, 7th ed. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing
Office. Also available online:
Current as of:
January 24, 2014
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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