Food-based dietary guidelines

Target group

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Food-based dietary guidelines are usually developed for all healthy individuals over two years of age. Many countries have also designed specific guidelines for children under two years or population groups with special nutritional needs, such as pregnant and lactating women and the elderly.

In parallel, some countries make available documentation related to the development of their guidelines, including the scientific base and considerations that led to the recommendations, for policy makers, researchers, nutritionists and health care professionals.