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2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans 

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, launched in January 2011, form the basis of the federal government’s nutrition education programs, federal nutrition assistance programs, and dietary advice provided by health and nutrition professionals. The guidelines messages include: 

Balance Calories

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.

 Foods to Increase

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains

Foods to Reduce

  • Compare sodium (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks. 
 
To learn more, visit 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. To view the new consumer booklet, click on the link below: