Nutrition Guide
What Is It and How Do I Use It?



If you want a "go to" nutrition guide resource check out The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (hereafter referred to as the Guideline).

What does the last guideline say?

In a nutshell, the 2005 Guideline recommends the development of 9 messages:
  1. Consume a variety of foods within and among the basic food groupswhile staying within energy needs.
  2. Control calorie intake to manage body weight.
  3. Be physically active every day
  4. Increase daily intake of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and nonfat or low-fat milk and milk products.
  5. Choose fats wisely for good health.
  6. Choose carbohydrates wisely for good health.
  7. Choose and prepare foods with little salt.
  8. If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.
  9. Keep food safe to eat.
The Guideline was originally created to inform the public and other government agencies of recommended ways to improve overall American health (through proper nutrition) and reduce the risk of major chronic diseases (through diet and physical activity).


The Guideline is the basis for all federal food and nutrition educational programs. Congress mandates that the Guideline be reviewed for revision every 5 years.

The most current issue was published in 2005. The next issue will be released in 2010.

The Guideline is a joint effort between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS).

Both acting Secretaries chose nationally recognized experts to serve on the Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee. There are 13 experts that were chosen for the upcoming 2010 Guideline Committee. These medical and scientific experts are leaders in their field from prominent colleges and scientific institutions across the country. The experts were selected for their expertise in health, dietary intake, human metabolism, and behavioral changes.

The Committee is responsible to review all of the scientific literature (including the existing Guideline). They will also hear and receive public comment and deliberation before providing a written report of their recommendations.

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