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Your Road Map to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines

By Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., "America's New Food Rules," May/June 2011

6 easy rules that could help you live a longer and healthier life.

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which tell us what we should be eating (and inform the food pyramid). The new Dietary Guidelines—released at the end of January 2011—do tell us what to eat more of and what to eat less of, although you have to wade through sometimes murky and confusing government-speak to get the information you need.

So we navigated the jargon to interpret the new "food rules." Here's how to bring your eating in line with them and what they mean for your health.

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