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MyPyramid

 

How Much Do I Need To Eat?

The amount of food from each food group that each person needs to eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle is dependent on their age, sex and physical activity level. One size doesn’t fit all. Here is an example of a food guide for a 2,000 calorie diet.

MyPryamid mini-poster; Click to enlarge
MyPryamid mini-poster; Click to enlarge

What counts as a cup or ounce?

  • In general, 1 slice of bread, 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal, or cup of cooked rice, cooked pasta, or cooked cereal can be considered as 1 ounce equivalents.

  • In general, 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw leafy greens (such as spinach and lettuce) can be considered as 1 cup from the vegetable group.

  • For the fruit group, 1 cup of fruit or 100% fruit juice, or cup of dried fruit can be considered 1 cup.

  • In general, 1 cup of milk or yogurt, 1 ounces of natural cheese, or 2 ounces of processed cheese can be considered as 1 cup from the milk group. Focus on making low-fat or fat-free choices most of the time.

  • For protein, 1 ounce of lean meat, poultry or fish, cup cooked dry beans, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, or ounce of nuts or seeds can be considered as 1 ounce equivalent from the meat and beans group.

Want to know the amount of each food group you and your family need daily? Go to http://www.mypyramid.gov/mypyramid/index.aspx and enter your age, sex and physical activity level to receive a quick customized food guide.

For a detailed assessment of your food intake and physical activity level, click on MyPyramid Tracker at http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov/.

 

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