Dietary Guidelines for Americans


The Dietary Guidelines for Americans contains the federal government’s basic nutrition advice for its citizens, and forms the basis for much federal, state, and local nutrition policies.

Updated once every five years, the DGA is written jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services, based on a science report written by a distinguished panel of scientific experts, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

The advice in the Guidelines has changed little in the past 35 years. The document typically calls on Americans to consume more fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, and less refined grains, added sugars, and fatty meat. While some have actually blamed the Guidelines for obesity or other health problems in the population, the truth is that Americans have not, nor do they now, eat according to the Guidelines. That’s why the Center for Science in the Public Interest and other health advocates support policies that help Americans select diets that are more in line with the government’s sensible advice.


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