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DGAC Makes Food-Based Recommendations in the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans


Am Fam Physician. 2016 Mar 15;93(6):525.

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Key Points for Practice

• Diets should include nutrient-dense foods in all food groups and in the proper amounts.

• Intake of added sugars and saturated fat should be limited, and sodium intake should be reduced.

• Nutrient-dense foods should replace those that are less healthy, taking into account cultural and personal preferences.

From the AFP Editors

About one-half of the adults in the United States have at least one chronic disease (e.g., cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus) that could be prevented. Data indicate that a healthy diet and regular physical activity can reduce the risk of these diseases. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has released the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which update the previous 2010 guideline, to provide guidance regarding

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This series is coordinated by Sumi Sexton, MD, Associate Deputy Editor.

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