You can use the
USDA food guide to make healthy choices about
what you eat. The chart below shows the recommended amounts for adults to eat
from each food group. These amounts are based on a diet of 1,600 to 2,400
calories a day.
For a food guide that shows how much to eat from
each food group based on your specific calorie needs, go to the website www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Amount needed each day
1 ounce is
1 slice of bread.
1 small (6
1 cup dry cereal.
½ cup cooked rice,
cooked pasta, or cooked cereal.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S.
Department of Agriculture (2010). Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, 7th ed. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing
Office. Also available online:
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.