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Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been published jointly every 5 years since 1980 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. They serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs.

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Message From The Secretaries [PDF - 44 KB] (en Español - PDF - 59 KB)
Acknowledgements [PDF - 41 KB]
Executive Summary [PDF - 88 KB] (en Español - PDF - 139 KB)
Chapter 1 Background and Purpose of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans [PDF - 353 KB]
Chapter 2 Adequate Nutrients Within Calorie Needs [PDF - 603 KB]
Chapter 3 Weight Management [PDF - 572 KB]
Chapter 4 Physical Activity [PDF - 507 KB]
Chapter 5 Food Groups To Encourage [PDF - 405 KB]
Chapter 6 Fats [PDF - 428 KB]
Chapter 7 Carbohydrates [PDF - 343 KB]
Chapter 8 Sodium and Potassium [PDF - 395 KB]
Chapter 9 Alcoholic Beverages [PDF - 858 KB]
Chapter 10 Food Safety [PDF - 393 KB]
Appendix A Eating Patterns [PDF - 125 KB]
A-1   DASH Eating Plan at 1,600-, 2,000-, 2,600-, and 3,100-Calorie Levels
A-2 USDA Food Guide
A-3 Discretionary Calorie Allowance in the USDA Food Guide
Appendix B Food Sources of Selected Nutrients [PDF - 188 KB]
B-1   Food Sources of Potassium
B-2 Food Sources of Vitamin E
B-3 Food Sources of Iron
B-4 Non-Dairy Food Sources of Calcium
B-5 Food Sources of Calcium
B-6 Food Sources of Vitamin A
B-7 Food Sources of Magnesium
B-8 Food Sources of Dietary Fiber
B-9 Food Sources of Vitamin C
Appendix C Glossary of Terms [PDF - 74 KB]
Appendix D Acronyms [PDF - 50 KB]

This publication, as well as the booklet, Finding Your Way to a Healthier You, and the 2005 Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee may be viewed and downloaded from the Internet at

To purchase printed copies of this publication (Stock Number 001-000-04719-1) or the booklet, Finding Your Way to a Healthier You (Stock Number 001-000-04718-3), call the U.S. Government Printing Office toll-free at (866) 512-1800, or access the GPO Online Bookstore at

Suggested citation: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005. 6th Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, January 2005.

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