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Food-Based Dietary Guidelines in Germany

Food-based dietary guidelines (FBDGs) are an important instrument to support a health-promoting diet. In Germany, the food-based dietary guidelines are developed by the DGE. The new FBDG for Germany was released in March 2024. For the first time, aspects of sustainability were already incorporated in the derivation of the FBDG. Until now, information are available only in german.

The Reference Values for Nutrient Intake

The Reference Values for Nutrient Intake are the basis on which diets are planned to match nutritional requirements for food intake. In addition, they form the basis for food rules and regulations for the food industry and food monitoring. The majority of the revised reference values (e.g. energy) is published open access.

Evidence-based guidelines on the impact of macronutrients on health-related outcomes

The DGE publishes evidence-based guidelines that analyse the link between macronutrients and selected health-related outcomes in the general adult population. The guidelines are based on systematic literature searches. During the process, the results of systematic literature searches are critically reviewed and the overall certainty of evidence is evaluated according to predefined criteria. At the end the practical consequences for current dietary recommendations are described.


The DGE Consultation Standards

The German Nutrition Society publishes the DGE-standards for nutritional education, to avoid confusion and to standardize statements in the field of nutrition.

Nutrition Journals

Ernährungs Umschau This scientific journal is the organ of the German Nutrition Society. Published monthly, it offers a source of various information and results derived from scientific studies for nutritional experts.

Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism The monthly journal is the English-language organ of the DGE. All DGE members can read the online edition for free.

Various Media and Press Releases

Leaflets, booklets, books, electronic media for nutritional experts and consumers are available. The science based newsletter “DGEwissen” informs those active in nutrition counselling. The press releases offer well-founded news and background information to journalists.

Details concerning these publications and various other media can be found on the homepage:

For further information, please contact:

German Nutrition Society
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