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Last Updated: December 20, 2013

Topic: Dietary Guidelines


The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are published every five years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These guidelines provide evidence-based nutrition information and advice for people age two and older.


The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are a set of general nutritional advice designed for American consumers. These guidelines often set the stage for future food policies. 

NCA supports dietary guidelines that offer realistic advice to Americans and that accommodate all foods including occasional treats in moderation. For instance, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has determined that moderate consumption of dark chocolate and cocoa is positively associated with cardiovascular benefits.

The next edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans are scheduled to be distributed in 2015.

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