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Food Guide Pyramid Crash Course

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The Food Guide Pyramid is something many express confusion about. To help clarify things a little, here are some basics.

Food Guide Pyramid Crash Course

The food guide pyramid outlines five food groups and the number of servings recommended daily for each group. Women should eat from the lower end of the suggested number of servings, while men should eat from the higher end. The recommendations include:

  • Six to eleven servings from the bread group
  • Three to five from the vegetable group
  • Two to four servings of fruit
  • Two to three servings from the milk group
  • Two to three servings from the meat group

Now, how do you know what a serving size is? Here are some basic guidelines. These are direct from the National Institute of Health and are each considered one serving of fruits and/or vegetables:

  • 1/2 cup raw non-leafy or cooked vegetables
  • 1 cup raw leafy vegetables (such as lettuce)
  • 1/2 cup berries, grapes or cut-up fruit
  • 1 medium-size piece of fruit
  • 3/4 cup of 100 juice
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit

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