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Food Guide Pyramid total diet

Number of food groups Protein-rich foodsMilk/meat breads Vegetables/fruit Other (incl fats)
6 Milk, yogurt, cheese- 2-3(1 cup, 1 1/2 oz. cheese)Meat, poultry, fish, eggs,dry beans, nuts- 2-3(5-7 oz. total/day) Breads, cereals, rice, pasta-6-11 svgs Whole grains Enriched(1 slice, 1/2 cup cooked) Vegetable-fruit group- 4(incl. vit. C source daily anddark green/yellow veg. frequently1/2 cup or typical portion) Fats, oils, sweets-Total fat not to exceed30% calSweets vary according tocalorie needs

Source: USDA, Human Nutrition Information Service, 1993
[cited in G:Davis, C. & Saltos, E. (1999) Dietary Recommendations and How They Have Changed Over Time. In America's Eating Habits: Changes and Consequences, Frazao, E. (ed) Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 750.]