How Much Food Do We Need?

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Most of us are familiar with the five food groups and that we need a variety of foods. These food groups are grains, fruits, vegetables, protein and dairy. You might also know that not all adults need to eat the same amount of these. However, knowing just how much we or our children need to eat from each might be more challenging.

It is also important to know our calorie allowance and how we can balance these with our physical activity. Not knowing or not being careful with our portions can give us extra calories making it more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

In order to assist us with how much to eat and to stay within our calorie allowance we have the MyPlate Plan. Use the MyPlate Plan to quickly personalize a food plan for you and each member of your family.