The Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to eat a healthful diet — one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have jointly published the Dietary Guidelines every 5 years since 1980. Learn more below.

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Dietary Guidelines

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) provides several recommendations to support Americans of all ages in addressing obesity, improving nutrient intakes and establishing healthy eating habits overall.

Milk’s Protein at Breakfast Helps You Win the Day

Learn why it is so important to get protein at breakfast.

Whether in a Glass, Bowl or Plate – Low-fat Dairy Makes Mealtime Complete

Learn how dairy fits into “MyPlate” at every meal.

Eat My Plate Way

Tips on eating the “MyPlate” way

They’re Called Essential for a Reason

Dairy nutrition beyond calcium.

Smart Snacking for a Healthy Lifestyle

Including a dairy snack between meals is a healthy way to keep hunger in check and stay energized throughout the day.

Three Servings of Milk Delivers a Unique Nutrient Package

Learn more about the milk group in the Dietary Guidelines.

30 Days of Dairy

Tips on incorporating three daily servings of milk and dairy as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Cheese

Cheese can play a (delicious) role in a healthy diet. With more than 300 varieties, it’s easy to find a cheese that fits into your lifestyle and eating plan.

Cheese: Its Nutrients Offer Health Benefits

The health benefits of cheese explained.

Cheese and Nutrition

Cheese’s role in a healthy eating plan for Health Professionals.

Milk vs. Alternative Drinks

Ounce for ounce, other beverages just can’t compare to the nutrition found in one 8-ounce glass of milk.

ReThink Your Drink

Compare the nutrient content of popular beverages.

ReThink Your Drink (Spanish)

Compare the nutrient content of popular beverages.

What's in Your Glass

See how non-dairy drinks stack up against the real deal.

Making "Cents" of Breakfast Beverages

Not all drinks give you the same. Milk provides essential nutrients for your quarter.

Diabetes

Diabetes increases the risk of heart and kidney diseases, but also the risk of bone fractures. Diet is a cornerstone of therapy for individuals with diabetes and dairy foods are an important part of the plan.

Don’t Ditch Dairy From Diabetic Diet

Dairy can play an important role in a diabetic diet.

Gluten-Free

Milk and dairy foods are naturally gluten-free and are extremely versatile as parts of meals, ingredients in recipes, and snacks. Dairy foods like milk, cream, yogurt and cheese can add flavor to gluten-free products like pasta, rice, granola, cereal and breads.

Gluten-Free Doesn’t Mean Dairy-Free

On a gluten-free diet? Learn tips on how to safely consume your favorite dairy products if you have celiac disease.

Obesity

Dairy foods play an important role in maintaining a healthy weight. They are packed with nutrients, making every calorie count.

Breakfast Matters!

Find out how eating breakfast helps in maintaining a healthy weight.