Historical Dietary Guidance

A Brief History of USDA Food Guides (PDF | 768 KB)

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See the evolution of food guides from 1916 to present day.


Early Food Guides (1894-1940)

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Early World War II Guides (1941-1942)

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Basic 7 Food Guide (1943-1955)

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Basic 4 Food Guide (1956-1979)

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Hassle-Free Food Guide (1979-1984)

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Pattern for Daily Food Choices (1984 - Present)

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View this collection of food guides images, including the Food Guide Pyramid, Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and American Red Cross Food Wheel.


Development of USDA's Food Guide (1980's)

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Historical Background

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Learn about the historical development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.