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The New Food Pyramid — Customize Your Diet

A healthy eating plan can be illustrated in many ways.

Mayo Clinic.com offers five (out of many) food pyramid guides — Asian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, and Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid.

These pyramids emphasize:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables followed by whole grains
  • Reduce intake of saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol
  • Limit salt and sweets
  • Include physical activity
  • Drink alcoholic beverage in moderation, if at all
  • Control portion sizes

Quick tips on portion sizes:

  • One ounce cooked pasta = 1/2 cup
  • Three ounces of meat, poultry, or fish = a deck of playing cards
  • One ounce of cheese = your thumb or two dominoes
  • One-half cup of fruit, vegetables, pasta, or rice = a small fist
  • One cup of milk, yogurt, or chopped fresh greens = a small hand holding a tennis ball
  • A teaspoon of butter or margarine = the tip of your thumb to the first joint

Want to know your recommended daily consumption per food group? Enter your information for a customized food guide!

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March 3, 2009 - Posted by | Asia, Attitude, Body, Change, Food, Health and Wellness, Heart, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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