U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is reviewed, updated, and published every 5 years jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to eat a healthful diet to help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease.  It forms the basis of Federal nutrition programs, nutrition standards, and nutrition education initiatives. Traditionally, Dietary Guidelines recommendations have been intended for healthy American ages 2 years and older.  However, with rising concerns about the health of Americans, recent recommendations are intended for Americans ages 2 years and older, including those at increased risk of chronic disease. 

The deliberation process for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans began in 2013.  The most recent 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans was released January 2011.  The Guidelines set a high standard designed to reduce overall caloric intake, eat more nutrient-dense foods and increase physical activity to help reduce the incidence and prevalence of obesity in the U.S. population.  The guidelines pose both challenges and opportunities for food scientists and technologists, and the food industry.  To learn more about these guidelines, and topics related to them, view the following resources:

General resources

Website

Commentary

Wellness 11 session

On-demand webcast

News release

Food Technology magazine articles

2011 Annual Meeting Scientific Program sessions

  • Changing the food environment: What are we doing to implement the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans?
  • Translating the dietary guidelines for Americans to bring about real behavioral changes
    2011 Annual Meeting Scientific Program session
  • Is there still a place on the table for refined grains after the 2010 Dietary Guidelines advisory committee report? Rice as a case study
  • 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommendations on saturated fat: A case for balanced fatty acid intake including saturated fats
  • New dietary guidelines: Improving food labels with fats and oils

Research Report


Dietary guidelines roundtables

Journal of Food Science article

Food Technology magazine articles

JADA article


Weight Management

Food Technology magazine articles

Journal of Food Science articles

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety article


Sodium

Wellness 11 session

Commentary

News release

On-demand webcasts

Food Technology magazine articles

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety articles


Fats & Oils

Wellness 11 session

IFT Pre-Annual Meeting Short Course

Food Technology magazine articles

2011 Annual Meeting Scientific Program sessions

  • 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommendations on saturated fat: A case for balanced fatty acid intake including saturated fats
  • New dietary guidelines: Improving food labels with fats and oils

Fruits & Vegetables

Food Technology magazine articles

Journal of Food Science article

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety article


Related resources

Website

Commentary

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety article

Online course

On-demand webcasts

Food Technology magazine articles

Journal of Food Science articles

2011 Annual Meeting Scientific Program session