Dissecting the dietary guidelines

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The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) represents federal nutrition policy established jointly by the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) and the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS). They are designed to provide science-based advice for ages 2 and older to help prevent chronic diseases and promote health. They are designed to ensure that messages and materials are consistent throughout the federal government. The DGAC works in subcommittees to address questions of diet and disease risk. Subcommittees include energy balance, carbohydrates and protein, fats, nutrient adequacy, sodium and fluids, and food safety. The adherence to Dietary Guidelines is measured in epidemiologic studies by determining a healthy eating index (HEI), a measure of adherence to the diet recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages8
Specialist publicationFood Technology
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011


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