Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Food Serving Sizes from The Food Pyramid

I really love to eat, and I've known so many people who really do love eating. But some of us sometimes forget or really don't know what are the right serving size of food we should eat daily. We just eat and eat what we like without knowing that everything too much is bad specially
to our health. The food pyramid shows how much food we should eat or consume from each of the food groups each day. Yes there is a certain amount of chicken, rice, fruits, vegetables, milk, etc.. that we should eat each day. It depends also on our age, gender,physical condition, and activity level. Everyone should have at least the minimum number of servings from each food group daily. Many men, women, teenagers, and older children need more. The number of servings from each food group may sound like a lot, but it really is not, One serving is not the same as one helping.

Here are the right serving sizes from the Food groups, lets start with:

A serving of Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta is

  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1/2 cup of hot cereal
  • 1 cup dry cereal
  • 1 6-inch tortilla
  • 1/2 cup rice or pasta

A serving of Fruits is

  • 1 medium fruit
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 3/4 cup juice
  • 1/2 cup cut-up fruit, berries, or canned, cooked, or frozen fruit
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit

A serving of Vegetables is

  • 1/2 cup cooked vegetables
  • 1 cup raw, leafy vegetables
  • 3/4 cup vegetable juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw vegetables
  • 1 small potato

A serving of Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese is

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) milk or yogurt
  • 1 1/2 ounces cheese
  • 1 cup frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (equals half a serving)

A serving of Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs and Nuts is

  • 1/2 cup tuna or ground beef
  • 1 small chicken leg or thigh
  • 1 medium pork chop
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1/4 pound hamburger patty
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup lentils, peas or dry beans
  • 1/2 cup tofu
It is a good exercise to weigh out the correct serving size of the most common foods to familiarize ourselves with what you should we taking.


Robin said...

Hi Ish,
Cute picture & wow, that is a big slice of watermelon! I do like to eat too and moderation is very important along with moderate exercise. I do enjoy the Food Pyramid resources. Thanks for sharing your great post us. Have a wonderful day! :-)

She-Fit said...

Always a good reminder of the food pyramid!

Dr. Surendra Singh said...

Hi Ish
its very cute. thanks too share.

Grampy said...

I wish I could stick to that.

Dhemz said...

been here too...thanks sa dalaw!

Loosing Weight said...

Cute picture

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