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Nutrition and Your Health:
Dietary Guidelines
for Americans
Fourth Edition, 1995
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Health and Human Ser vices
Dietary Guidelines
for Americans
Eat a variety of foods
page 5
Balance the food you eat with
physical activity\u2014maintain
or improve your weight
page 15
Choose a diet with plenty
of grain products, vegetables,
and fruits
page 22
Choose a diet low in fat,
saturated fat, and
page 26
Choose a diet moderate
in sugars
page 33
Choose a diet moderate
in salt and sodium
page 36
If you drink alcoholic
beverages, do so
in moderation
page 40
Nutrition and Your Health:
Dietary Guidelines
for Americans
What should Americans eat to stay healthy?
These guidelines are designed to help
answer this question. They provide advice

for healthy Americans age 2 years and over about food choices that promote health and prevent disease. To meet theDi eta ry

Gu idelin es for Am erican s, choose a diet with
most of the calories from grain products,
vegetables, fruits, low-fat milk products, lean
meats, \ufb01sh, poultry, and dry beans. Choose
fewer calories from fats and sweets.
Eating is one of life\u2019s greatest pleasures

Food choices depend on history, culture, and environment, as well as on energy and nutri- ent needs. People also eat foods for enjoy-

ment. Family, friends, and beliefs play a

major role in the ways people select foods
and plan meals. This booklet describes some
of the many different and pleasurable ways
to combine foods to make healthful diets.

Diet is important to health at all stages of life
Many genetic, environmental, behavioral,
and cultural factors can affect health.
Understanding family history of disease or
risk factors\u2014body weight and fat distribu-
tion, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol,
for example\u2014can help people make more
informed decisions about actions that can
improve health prospects. Food choices are
among the most pleasurable and effective of
these actions.
Healthful diets help children grow, develop,
and do well in school. They enable people
of all ages to work productively and feel
their best. Food choices also can help to

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