Dietary Guidelines, Food Guidance, and Dietary Quality in the United States

Authored by: Eileen Kennedy , Daniel Hatfield , Jeanne Goldberg

Handbook of Nutrition and Food

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466505711
eBook ISBN: 9781466505728
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The Dietary Guidelines for Americans have served as the cornerstone of nutrition policy in the United States since the first edition was released in 1980. While many factors contributed to the development of that document, two earlier efforts were of particular importance. One was the 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health, 1 which recommended that the government examine the links between diet and chronic disease. The second was the U.S. Senate Dietary Goals, released in 1977 2 ; that document, the product of several years of hearings before the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, summarized for the first time specific recommendations for diet-related goals for the American public.

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