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Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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Everyone has different needs, and should have individual treatment plans. The approach to a healthy diet for those who have diabetes is the same for everyone else. Following is a shortened version of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These three areas are the most important recommendations:

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

  1. Balancing Calories
    • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
    • Avoid oversized portions.
  2. Foods to Increase
    • Make half you plate fruits and vegetables.
    • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
  3. Foods to Reduce
    • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals - and choose the foods with lower numbers.
    • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Back to: General Overview of Diabetes and Food

This document is a source of information only, and is not medical advice.