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The American Heart Association Dietary Guidelines for 2000: a Summary Report

Dr. Renee P. Lauber B.S, Dr. Nancy F. Sheard Sc.D., R.D
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-4887.2001.tb07021.x 298-306 First published online: 1 September 2001


Recently, the American Heart Association published a revision of its dietary guidelines. The recommendations are based on new scientific findings, and address the contribution of growing rates of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes to heart disease in the United States. The guidelines for the general public are similar to dietary recommendations made by other health-related groups and government agencies and, therefore, place a greater emphasis on the adoption of healthy eating patterns and behaviors rather than a singular focus on dietary fat intake.

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