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To prevent disease, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a healthy eating pattern. All food and drink choices matter. Healthy eating includes eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or nonfat dairy products or fortified soy beverages, and lean proteins. The guidelines also emphasize:
These guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are updated every 5 years to promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.
Key recommendations for the general public include the following.footnote 1
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2015). 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans 8th ed. http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/. Accessed January 12, 2016.
Current as ofNovember 7, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineElizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal MedicineRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as of:
November 7, 2018
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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