Agricultural Information Bulletin No. (AIB-796-1) 4 pp

February 2005

Nutrition and Health Characteristics of Low-Income Populations: Healthy Eating Index

The Healthy Eating Index measures how well American diets conform to recommended healthy eating patterns, looking at 10 dietary components. The Nutrition and Health Characteristics of Low-Income Populations study examined the Healthy Eating Index using 1988-94 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES-III) data. The measures provide a baseline to monitor the dietary quality of Americans, focusing on the low-income population.

Keywords: Dietary intake, food expenditures, nutrient availability, nutrient intake, nutritional status, nutrition and health outcomes, obesity, USDA's food assistance and nutrition programs, NHANES, DRI, HEI

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