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Healthy Eating Index

The Healthy Eating Index (HEI) is a measure of diet quality that assesses conformance to federal dietary guidance. USDA calculated Healthy Eating Index component and overall scores from dietary recall interviews collected during the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

The overall HEI score is the sum of 10 dietary components, weighted equally. Each component of the index has a maximum score of 10 and a minimum score of zero. The maximum overall HEI score is 100. High component scores indicate intakes close to the recommended ranges or amounts; low component scores indicate less compliance with the recommended ranges or amounts.

Healthy Eating Index

By clicking the link above, you are exiting the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) website. The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) at USDA, is responsible for the data and documentation on its website. The content on the website is subject to change at any time without notice. Reasonable measures have been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information on the website. However, the accuracy of the information on the site is not guaranteed and data users should always check the programs and resulting data output carefully. Questions or problems pertaining to the CNPP data and documentation or website should be directed to CNPP, not NCHS.

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