Do you ever feel like you can’t keep up with the changes in technology? Sometimes it seems that way with dietary advice, as if things are always changing. While it’s true that the fields of diet and nutrition are areas of evolving research, there are some basic concepts you can keep in mind. By knowing these basics, you will be better equipped to sort through nutrition research and dietary advice.
Are you interested in healthy eating and having a balanced diet? If so, you’ll want to learn more about food groups.
This section helps explain the food groups based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and provides information about food plans. There are five groups consisting of vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and a protein group which includes meat, poultry, fish and nuts.
MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image—a place setting for a meal —and display how much of each food group you need to eat for a healthy diet. You can explore each of the food groups in detail on the MyPlate website.
What are the basic food groups?
*Oils are NOT a food group, but they provide essential nutrients such as vitamin E.
How much of each food group should I eat?
The amount of food you need to eat from each group depends on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. You might want to follow a food plan based on the food groups listed above in the chart. For easy advice on creating a healthy balanced plate visit –10 Tips to a great plate [PDF- 805Kb].
A healthy eating plan will show you how much you need from each food group to stay within your calorie needs and promote good health. A healthy eating plan can also help you learn—
- How many calories you need each day and how to balance your calorie needs.
- How much of each food group you should consume.
- How to make healthy choices in each food group.
Vegetarian Plans can meet all the recommendations for nutrients. The key is to consume a variety of foods and the right amount of foods to meet your calorie needs.