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2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Released on January 31, 2011

These guidelines emphasize three major goals for Americans:

  • Balance calories with physical activity to manage weight
  • Consume more of certain foods and nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood
  • Consume fewer foods with sodium (salt), saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and refined grains

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 include 23 key recommendations for the general population and 6 additional key recommendations for specific population groups, such as pregnant women. The recommendations are intended to help people choose an overall healthy diet.

View the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in its entirety>>

Check out the tools, reports and research, and related resources in this section to learn more about healthy eating and nutrition.

For information on the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, visit www.dietaryguidelines.gov.

Last Updated: 3/2/2011