The Food Guide Pyramid emphasizes foods from the five food groups shown in the Pyramid.
Each of these food groups provides some, but not all of the nutrients you need. Foods in tone group can’t replace those in another. No one food group is more important than another for good health. You need them all.
The pyramid is an outline of what to eat each day. It is not a rigid prescription, but a general guide that lets you choose a healthful diet that is right for you. The Pyramid calls for eating a variety of foods to get the nutrients you need and at the same time the right amount of calories to maintain a healthy weight.
The amount you eat may be more than one serving. For example, a dinner portion of spaghetti would count as 2 or 3 servings from the bread/cereal/rice/pasta group.
|Bread/Cereal/Rice/Pasta||Vegetable||Fruit||Milk/Yogurt/Cheese||Meat/Poultry/Beans/Eggs||Fats/ Oils Sweets|
|1 Slice Bread||1 C Raw||1 med piece fresh fruit||1 C Milk or Yogurt||3 oz. meat, poultry, fish||USE SPARINGLY|
|½ C Rice or Pasta, cooked||½ C Cooked||½ C canned||1 oz. natural Cheese||The following are = 1 oz. meat||1 tsp Margarine|
|½ C Cereal, cooked||¼ C dried||½ C beans, cooked||1 egg|
|1 oz. cold Cereal, check the label||¾ C Juice||1 egg||Dressing|
|2 Tbs peanut butter||1 tsp sugar|