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:
Follow a healthy dietary pattern at every life stage.
- Customize and enjoy nutrient-dense food and beverage choices to reflect personal preferences, cultural traditions, and budgetary considerations.
- Focus on meeting food group needs with nutrient-dense foods and beverages and stay within calorie limits.
- 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.