The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued jointly by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, serve as the cornerstone for nutrition and dietary recommendations in the United States. The Guidelines provide authoritative advice about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce the risk for major chronic diseases. The Guidelines are updated every five years and the 7th edition, “Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010″ was released in January of 2011.
MyPyramid represents the educational tool of the Dietary Guidelines in order to promote dietary guidance and allow consumers to put the Guidelines into everyday practice. Adults and children currently fall well short of meeting fruit and vegetable intake recommendations. In MyPyramid, 100% fruit juice counts as a fruit serving and provides a convenient and nutritious way to help consumers meet fruit intake recommendations.
Nutrition.gov provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from the federal government. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers.