The Food Pyramid
USDA Food Guide Pyramid was developed to translate
nutrition recommendations into a simple food selection
guide.The design of the Pyramid was selected to
symbolize the importance of a base, the largest
part of the diet, and decreasing amount of food
groups needed as one moves from bottom to top.Its
message is relevant and it is a valuable tool for
healthy menu planning. While not designed to be
a calorie specific food management tool, when the
food items from each group are low fat and the number
of servings are kept to the minimum, Pyramid menus
can provide as few as 1200-1400 calories.
Counts as a Serving?
Use fats and sweets sparingly. If you drink alcoholic
beverages, do so in moderation.Milk Group
1 cup milk
8 ounces yogurt
1-1/2 ounces natural cheese
2 ounces process cheese
Amounts should total 5 to 7 ounces of cooked lean
meat, poultry without skin, or fish a day. A serving
would be no more than 3 ounces.
Count 1 egg, 1/2 cup cooked beans, or 2 tablespoons
peanut butter as 1 ounce of meat.
1/2 cup cooked vegetables
1/2 cup chopped raw vegetables
1 cup leafy raw vegetables, such as lettuce
3/4 cup vegetable juice
a whole fruit such as a medium apple, banana,
a grapefruit half
a melon wedge
3/4 cup juice
1/2 cup berries
1/2 cup chopped, cooked, or canned fruit
1/4 cup dried fruit
1 slice of bread
1/2 hamburger bun or english muffin
a small roll, biscuit, or muffin
5 to 6 small or 3 to 4 large crackers
1/2 cup cooked cereal, rice, or pasta
1 ounce ready-to-eat cereal
you begin any exercise or diet program, you should have permission
from your doctor.
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