2. Dietary Guidelines

Based on scientific evidence, the Dietary Guidelines provide current health recommendations for children and adults of all ages, including those who are healthy, those at risk for diet-related diseases, and those living with diseases. The guidelines emphasize that a healthy diet pattern is not a rigid prescription, instead, it is a personalized framework that caters to your individual preferences. 

In the most recent edition, Make Every Bite Count with the Dietary Guidelines – 2020-2025 there are four overarching guidelines:

  1. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. 9th Edition. December 2020. Available at DietaryGuidelines.gov.

    Follow a healthy dietary pattern at every life stage. 

  2. Customize and enjoy nutrient-dense food and beverage choices to reflect personal preferences, cultural traditions, and budgetary considerations.
  3. Focus on meeting food group needs with nutrient-dense foods and beverages and stay within calorie limits. 
  4. Limit food and beverages higher in added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium. 

To find out more information on each of the guidelines, visit the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Report.



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