Food-based dietary guidelines

Food-based dietary guidelines - Antigua and Barbuda

Official name

Food-based dietary guidelines for Antigua and Barbuda.

Publication year

Antigua and Barbuda published its dietary guidelines in 2013.

Process and stakeholders

The guidelines were developed by the Ministries of Health, Education and Agriculture in collaboration with the FAO.

Intended audience

The guidelines are directed at the general public older than 2 years of age.

Food guide

The food guide chosen by Antigua and Barbuda to represent the messages of its guidelines is a pineapple divided into seven food groups: starchy foods; vegetables; fruits; food from animals; peas, beans and nuts; fats and oils; sugars and sweeteners. The size of the food groups is proportional to their daily recommended amount. Images of physical activity surround the pineapple.


  • Choose to eat a variety of foods every day.
  • Include a variety of vegetables in your daily meals.
  • Choose to eat a variety of fruits daily.
  • Limit the use of salt, salty foods and salty seasonings.
  • Reduce the intake of food and drinks that are high in sugars and fats.
  • Make physical activity a part of your daily routine.
  • Feed your baby breast milk only for the first 6 months of the baby’s life.
  • Use safe food handling and food storage practices.