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Frequently Asked Questions: Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Find answers to questions about the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and how these guidelines help Americans make smart choices about food and physical activity so they can have healthier lives.

Review Date: June 03, 2011

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

This one-stop, easy-to-use resource brings together nutrition science and expertise to help Americans make smart choices from every food group, find balance between food and physical activity, and get the most out of the calories we consume.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) Tool

Calculate your daily nutrient recommendations for dietary planning. Learn your Body Mass Index, daily calorie needs, and recommended vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients, such as carboyhdrates, protein, and fats.

Review Date: November 26, 2014

Food and Nutrition Information Center

Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) Tool

Calculate your daily nutrient recommendations for dietary planning. Learn your Body Mass Index, daily calorie needs, and recommended vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients, such as carboyhdrates, protein, and fats.

Review Date: November 26, 2014

Food and Nutrition Information Center

Let's Eat for the Health of It- (PDF)

Find tips on how to build a healthy plate, cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt, and eat the right amount of calories for you.

Review Date: June 06, 2011

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, U.S. Department of Agriculture

NHLBI Serving Size Card- (PDF)

Double-check the portion sizes at your next meal.

Review Date: May 07, 2012

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

Numbers That Count for a Healthy Heart - (PDF)

Know the numbers that are important in keeping your heart healthy.

Review Date: September 03, 2012

American Heart Association

Portion Distortion Quiz

Do you know how food portions have changed in the past 20 years? Take these quizzes to learn about the amount of physical activity required to burn off the extra calories found in today's portions.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

Talking About Trans Fat: What You Need to Know

As a consumer, the most important thing to know about trans fat is that it behaves like saturated fat in the body by raising low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol — which can increase your risk of coronary heart disease.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The Food Label and You - Video

FDA presents an entertaining and educational tool to help consumers understand and use the Nutrition Facts Label to make informed food choices.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging

Making wise decisions about what you eat as you get older is important. This guide to healthy eating, written especially for older adults, describes what you need to know about food groups, serving sizes, food labels, and more.

Review Date: April 01, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging

What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging

Making wise decisions about what you eat as you get older is important. This guide to healthy eating, written especially for older adults, describes what you need to know about food groups, serving sizes, food labels, and more.

Review Date: April 01, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging