USDA Food Guide Pyramid

 

 

USDA Food Guide Pyramid
      

      In general, the guidelines advocate eating plenty of breads, cereals, rice, pasta, vegetables and fruits, as well as two to three servings from the milk group and two to three servings from the meat group. Go easy on fats, oils and sweets, the foods in the small tip of the pyramid.
       The USDA pyramid is based on recommended "servings." Serving sizes are listed below. No specific sizes are listed for fats, oils and sweets because those foods are to be used sparingly.

bulletOne serving of milk, yogurt or cheese equals a cup of milk or yogurt, 1 ounces of natural cheese or 2 ounces of processed cheese.
      
bulletA serving of meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs or nuts equals 2 to 3 ounces of cooked, lean meat, poultry or fish; cup of cooked dry beans; an egg; or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
      
bulletA serving of vegetables is a cup of raw, leafy vegetables; cup of other vegetables, cooked or raw; or cup of vegetable juice.
      
bulletA serving of fruit is a medium apple, banana or orange; cup of chopped, cooked or canned fruit; or cup of fruit juice.
      

bulletA serving of bread, cereal, rice or pasta consists of a slice of bread, 1 ounce of ready-to-eat cereal; or cup of cooked cereal, rice or pasta.


       The USDA Food Guide Pyramid is based on the 1995 dietary guidelines for Americans. It's not a rigid prescription but a general guide meant to help people choose a diet that's right for them.

 


Source: United States Department of Agriculture

 

 

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