The Food Pyramid



The new Food Guide Pyramid replaces the old "Four Basic Food Groups" color wheel that we grew up with as kids.

The old wheel emphasized "variety," but didn't reflect what we know today about the importance of restricting fat, and increasing vitamins and fiber. So nutritionists felt it was time to put together an updated version that focuses on present health as well as disease prevention.

HOW MUCH IS
'ONE SERVING'?


MILK & MILK PRODUCTS GROUP
1 cup (8 oz.) milk or yogurt
2 slices cheese, 1/8" thick (1 oz.)
2 cups cottage cheese
1 cups ice milk, ice cream, or frozen yogurt

MEAT & MEAT ALTERNATIVES GROUP
2 oz. to 3 oz. (size of a deck of cards) cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish
2 eggs
7 oz. tofu
1 cup cooked legumes (dried beans or peas)
4 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup nuts or seeds

VEGETABLE GROUP
1/2 cup cooked vegetables
1/2 cup raw chopped vegetables
1 cup raw leafy vegetables
1/2 to 3/4 cup vegetable juice

FRUIT GROUP
1 whole medium fruit (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup dried fruit
1/2 cup canned fruit
1/2 to 3/4 cup fruit juice

BREAD & CEREAL GROUP
1 slice bread
1 medium muffin
1/2 hot dog bun or hamburger bun
1/2 bagel or english muffin
4 small crackers
1 tortilla
1 cup cold cereal
1/2 cup cooked cereal
1/2 cup rice
1/2 cup pasta