The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) prepared Dietary Guidelines for all Americans 2 years of age and older. (http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/dga). The seven guidelines are:
Nutrition and Your Health:
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
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For more specific guidance on food selection, the USDA and the DHHS developed the food guide pyramid in Figure 3-1.
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