Dietary Guidelines


Includes links to publications and educational materials and ordering information. Find older versions of the Dietary Guidelines on the Previous Editions page. See the Historical Dietary Guidance page for links to historical food guides.



Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 document cover Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010

U.S. Department of Agriculture; Department of Health and Human Services.

Provides science-based nutrition guidance for Americans ages 2 and older to promote healthy lifestyles and dietary habits.


Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010

U.S. Department of Agriculture; Department of Health and Human Services.

Report that reviews the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and documents the scientific background and rationale for changes to be incorporated into the 2010 release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


2010 Dietary Guidelines Backgrounder: History and Process (PDF | 40 KB)

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Document that reviews the history of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and process for developing the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.


USDA Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL)

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

A resource of evidence-based systematic reviews to inform Federal nutrition policy and programs. The Library evaluates, synthesizes, and grades the strength of available scientific evidence to support dietary recommendation and guidance.


Health and Diet Survey: Dietary Guidelines Supplement

DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Food and Drug Administration.

Initiated at baseline prior to the launch of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, and repeated a year later, this survey tracks national change of Americans' attitudes, awareness, knowledge, and behavior regarding various elements of nutrition and physical activity. Also in PDF|737 KB.