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USDA's Revised Dietary Guidelines 2010 At A Glance - By Serving sizes

Tuesday, March 01, 2011
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Eating Pattern comparison: usual U.S.. intake, Mediterranean, DASH, and USDA food Patterns, average daily intake at or adjusted to a 2,000 calorie level
Food groups Pattern Usual U.S. intake adultsa Mediterranean Patternsb Greece (G) Spain (S) DASHb USDA Food Pattern
Vegetables: total (c) 1.6 1.2 (S) – 4.1 (G) 2.1 2.5
Dark-green (c) 0.1 ndc nd 0.2
Beans and peas (c) 0.1 <0.1 (G) – 0.4 (S) See protein foods 0.2
Red and orange (c) 0.4 nd nd 0.8
Other (c) 0.5 nd nd 0.6
Starchy (c) 0.5 nd – 0.6 (G) nd 0.7
Fruit and juices (c) 1 1.4 (S) – 2.5 (G) (including nuts) 2.5 2
Grains: total (oz) 6.4 2.0 (S) – 5.4 (G) 7.3 6
Whole grains (oz) 0.6 nd 3.9 ≥ 3.0
Milk and milk products (dairy products) (c) 1.5 1.0 (G) – 2.1 (S) 2.6 3
Protein foods:
Meat (oz) 2.5 3.5 (G) – 3.6 (S) (including poultry) 1.4 1.8
Poultry (oz) 1.2 nd 1.7 1.5
Eggs (oz) 0.4 nd – 1.9 (S) nd 0.4
Fish/seafood (oz) 0.5 0.8 (G) – 2.4 (S) 1.4 1.2
Beans and peas (oz) See vegetables See vegetables 0.4 (0.1 c) See vegetables
Nuts, seeds, and soy products (oz) 0.5 See fruits 0.9 0.6
Oils (g) 18 19 (S) – 40 (G) 25 27
Solid fats (g) 43 nd nd 16d
Added sugars (g) 79 nd – 24 (G) 12 32d
Alcohol (g) 9.9 7.1 (S) – 7.9 (G) nde nde
a Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What We Eat In America, NHANES 2001-2004, 1 day mean intakes for adult males and females, adjusted to 2,000 calories and aver- aged.

b See the DGAC report for additional information and references at www.dietaryguidelines.gov.

c nd = Not determined.

d Amounts of solid fats and added sugars are examples only of how calories from solid fats and added sugars in the USDA Food Patterns could be divided.

e In the USDA Food Patterns, some of the calories assigned to limits for solid fats and added sugars may be used for alcohol consumption instead.

 

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14 March, 2011 | Dimple | Reply

Dimple Is there a table like this one for the Indians, as to how much of what and from which group we have to eat everyday. It will be really helpful.

17 March, 2011 | Parul Bhatnagar | Reply

Parul Bhatnagar Hi Dimple,
This table is a basic guideline for all of us who consume 2000 calories per day.Appropriate adjustments can be made as per our requirements.But always try to include large amount of fresh veggies and fruits everyday to remain healthy.

15 March, 2011 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Dear Dimple,
This table is an example of how much of each food group should be consumed by a person consuming 2000 calories. Although it is a guideline developed in the US, it can be used by anyone because it reflects a healthy balanced diet. Proportionate adjustments will need to be made if intake is more or less than 2000 calories and also if a person is a vegetarian.
In India, we have Recommended Daily Allowances for all vital nutrients.
Poonam Vaswani
Senior Dietitian
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