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The 2010 Dietary Guidelines reflect a concern about the current health of the American population. Today, as in the past, a gap exists between dietary recommendations and what Americans actually eat. Americans of all ages eat too few vegetables, fruits, high-fiber whole grains, seafood, and low-fat milk and milk products. In contrast, Americans eat too much salt, added sugar, solid fats and refined grains. The 2010 dietary guidelines were developed with an emphasis on healthy eating and energy balance while continuing to reinforce the food groups and patterns of a healthy diet.

The Dietary Guidelines are divided into different categories. Please refer to the links at the right of the page for additional nutrition information.

  1. Managing Calories to Manage Weight
    • Balance calories and physical activity. Enjoy your food, but eat less.
    • Focus on nutrient dense foods instead of energy dense foods. Include nutrient-dense foods and beverages, such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans and peas, seafood and lower fat milk and milk products.
    • Choose healthier foods and increase activity to prevent further weight gain and promote weight loss.
    • Use food labels to make healthier choices. Avoid oversized portions.
    • Breakfast is encouraged for its association with weight loss, weight loss maintenance, and improved nutrient intake.
  2. Foods and Food Components to Reduce
    • Limit sodium and calories from fats and sugars in order to meet nutrient needs within calorie goals.
    • Reduce sodium intake to less the 2,300 mg, and to 1,500 mg per day for certain populations.
  3. Foods and Nutrients to Increase
    • At least half of grain servings should be whole grain. Replace servings of refined-grain foods with whole-grain foods.
    • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
    • Choose protein from a variety of animal and plant-based foods and increase seafood in place of some meat and poultry.
  4. Nutrients of Concern
    • Shortfall nutrients include potassium, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamin D due to inadequate intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, and seafood.

Using the dietary guidelines as your map, you can make healthy choices that meet your nutritional needs, protect your health, and help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
 Build a Healthy Meal
 10 Tips to Reduce Sodium
 Add More Vegetables to Your Day
 Focus on Fruit
 Kid Friendly Fruits & Vegetables
 Liven Up Your Meals With Fruits & Vegetables
 10 Tips to Increase Whole Grains
 Got Your Dairy Today?
 Healthy Eating Tips for Kids
 Healthy Eating for Vegetarians
 Healthy Snacks for Kids
 Power Up With Breakfast
 Portion Control
 Eating Out
 Grocery Shopping Tips
 Reaing Labels
 USDA: Choose My Plate
 Health.gov
 American Dietetic Association: Eat Right