Food Intake Patterns



daily-calorie: The suggested amounts of food to cosume from the basic food groups, subgroups, and oils to meet recommended nutrient intakes at 12 different calorie levels. Nutrient and Energy contributions from each group are calculated according to the nutrient-dense forms of foods in each group ( e.g., lean meats and fat-free milk). The Table also shows the discretionary calorie allowance that can be accommodated within each calorie level, in addition to the suggested amounts of nutrient-dense forms of foods in each group.

Daily Amount of Food From Each Group

Calorie Level (1)
1,000
1,200
1,400
1,600
1,800
2,000
Fruits (2)
1 cup
1 cup
1.5 cups
1.5 cups
1.5 cups
2 cups
Vegetables (3)
1 cup
1.5 cups
1.5 cups
2 cups
2.5 cups
2.5 cups
Grains (4)
3 oz-eq
4 oz-eq
5 oz-eq
5 oz-eq
6 oz-eq
6 oz-eq
Meat and Beans (5)
2 oz-eq1%
3 oz-eq
4 oz-eq
5 oz-eq20%
5 oz-eq3%
5.5 oz-eq2%
Milk (6)
2 cups
2 cups
2 cups
3 cups
3 cups
3 cups
Oils (7)
3 tsp
4 tsp
4 tsp
5 tsp
5 tsp
6 tsp
Discretinary calorie allowance(8)
165
171
171
132
195
267

Calorie Level (1)
2,2000
2,400
2,600
2,800
3,000
3,200
Fruits (2)
2 cups
2 cups
2 cups
2.5 cups
2.5 cups
2.5 cups
Vegetables (3)
3 cups
3 cups
3.5 cups
3.5 cups
4 cups
4 cups
Grains (4)
7 oz-eq
8 oz-eq
9 oz-eq
10 oz-eq
10 oz-eq
10 oz-eq
Meat and Beans (5)
6 oz-eq1%
6.5 oz-eq
6.5 oz-eq
7 oz-eq20%
7 oz-eq3%
7 oz-eq2%
Milk (6)
3 cups
3 cups
3 cups
3 cups
3 cups
3 cups
Oils (7)
6 tsp
7 tsp
8 tsp
8 tsp
10 tsp
11 tsp
Discretinary calorie allowance(8)
290
362
410
426
512
648


Source USDA: MyPyramid var infolink_pid=44991;