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Food pyramid to be revised

The revised Department of Health and Human Services and Agriculture guidelines promote calorie counting rather than carbohydrate counting and encourage exercise. 30 to 90 minutes of exercise is recommended each day as well as reducing sugar, fat and salt and increasing fiber, vegetables and carbohydrates in the form of whole grain. Food portion sizes will now be measured as cups rather than serves. These recommendations will be utilized to make a revised Food Guide Pyramid. It is recommended that 2,000 calories are consumed each day but this may vary depending on age, sex and level of activity. Recommended food group consumptions per day are: 2 cups of fruit, 21/2 cups of vegetables, 3 or more ounces - half of which comes from whole grains, 3 cups of fat free milk, fat should be 20-25% of calorie intake with saturated fat accounting for 10% or less, 1 tspn or less of salt and 1 alcoholic drink for women and 2 per men. People with dark skin or those with insufficient sun exposure are also advised to increase their vitamin D intake by consuming foods like dairy, meat, eggs or supplements.

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About: Food pyramid to be revised

Date: 12 January 2005

Source: BET

Author: Markette Smith


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