Healthy Eating Index

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Healthy Eating Index


Definition A measure of diet quality that assesses conformance to federal dietary guidance.

Comment The USDA* uses the Index is to:

• Monitor the quality of American diets

• Examine relationships between diet and

   – Health-related outcomes and

   – Diet cost

• Determine the effectiveness of nutrition intervention programs

• Assess the quality of food assistance, menus, and the US food supply

*United States Department of Agriculture


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