A nutrition education tool for iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans promote healthy eating primarily through consuming foods. Click below to learn more about Nutrients and Food Groups.
"A basic premise of the Dietary Guidelines is that nutrient needs should be met primarily through consuming foods. Foods provide an array of nutrients and other components that are thought to have beneficial effects on health. Americans should aim to consume a diet that achieves the Institute of Medicine's most recent Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs), which consider the individual's life stage, gender, and activity level. In some cases, fortified foods and dietary supplements may be useful in providing one or more nutrients that otherwise may be consumed in less than recommended amounts."
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, page 5
Nutrients are substances that your body needs in average daily amounts to keep you healthy and feeling your best. Nutrient needs vary for different people, and MyDietSteps™ will calculate your nutrient goals and limits, according to the DRI nutrient recommendations. Here we list the general macronutrient, vitamin and mineral descriptions that are featured in the app.
Foods can be grouped according to nutrient content. So nutrient needs can be met by eating recommended amounts from each of the food groups. MyDietSteps™ will suggest a food group pattern for you, based on the new USDA MyPlate food groups. This pattern shows how may servings from each group that you need every day in order to meet your nutrient needs. Here we list the general MyPlate food group descriptions that are featured in the app.