Balance with Food Groups

Whenever I teach on food groups – to youth and adults – there are always a few foods I mention that overlap into two food groups. not that we can not put them into good one, but because foods have a fortune of different nutrients, they might fit into more than one group .
The current guide describing food groups is the MyPlate. The groups included are : fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy. Fats/oils are besides included as a group, although you do not see it shown on the Plate .
Eating foods from each food group every day gives remainder to your diet. All food groups have nutrients your body needs, but no food group has every nutrient. Since some food groups lack nutrients found in another group, we pair foods together to get in those nutrients.

so, if you are person who does not eat much fruit, for example, you are missing out on nutrients found just in fruits. You will be hard pressed to fill in that gap of those absent nutrients from one of the early groups. The major message here : feed from all the food groups .
now, what about those overlapping foods ? Remember, foods contain different nutrients, and when high adequate in some nutrients, can fit into two groups. Take a attend at these examples :

  • Cheese: Dairy & Protein
  • Beans (ie. black beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas): Protein & Vegetables
  • Nuts, nut butters, and seeds: Protein & Fat

The capital thing with having more than one food group for a one food : you can pick which group you want it to be. For exercise, if you are serving chicken fajitas with black beans, you can count these foods as 2 protein foods or as 1 protein food ( the wimp ) and 1 vegetable ( the beans ) – assuming you have the right helping sizes. In this way, you can make the food groups work to your advantage.

then nowadays … make certain you eat from all the food groups. Leave a comment and let us know how you did it !
For more information, read about each food group and assign sizes through the MyPlate web site .
today ‘s post was written by Caitlin Huth. Caitlin Huth, MS, RD, is a record dietician and Nutrition & Wellness Educator serving DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Counties. She teaches nutrition- and food-based lessons around heart health, food safety, diabetes, and others. In all classes, she encourages trying newfangled foods, gaining assurance in healthy feed, and getting bet on into our kitchens .

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