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formerly My Pyramid & Food Guide Pyramid




  1. We are studying good nutrition. the food guide My Plate, nutrition facts labeling etc. I am searching for sites the the kids can use to relate to Answer
  2. What food group do mushrooms belong to? Answer
  3. Do the serving sizes on packaged food bear any relationship to the serving sizes listed by the USDA on My Plate? Answer
  4. I have been searching for an explanation of the new My Plate, but cannot find a thing about it. Answer




I teach third grade and have seven on line computers in my classroom. We are studying good nutrition. the food guide My Plate, nutrition facts labeling etc. I am searching for sites the the kids can use to relate to the above topics. Do you have any suggestions?

Here are some websites you can use in your classroom.



What food group do mushrooms belong to? Please reply. Thanks in advance.

Vegetables in the food guide My Plate and diabetic exchanges.


Do the serving sizes on packaged food bear any relationship to the serving sizes listed by the USDA on the food guide My Plate? For example on a loaf of bread it may list 1 slice as a serving- is this the same as one serving of Grains from the My Plate perspective? If not, how do you go about converting manufacturer servings to food group My Plateservings?

The serving sizes mandated by the new food label according to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is the amount of food customarily eaten at one time.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) prepared the food guide My Plate. One serving of grains is about 1 slice of bread, 1 ounce of ready-to-eat cereal, 1/2 cup cooked rice or pasta, 1/2 cup of vegetable, 1 medium piece of fruit or 3/4 cup of juice, 1 cup of milk, 1 1/2 ounce natural cheese, or 2 - 3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry or fish and 1 1/2 cup cooked dry beans . Many of the serving sizes on labels are the same recommended serving by the food guide My Plate, but don't assume so. I would suggest you get a copy of the USDA Home and Garden Bulletin Number 252 which explains the food guide My Plate. This booklet explains serving number and sizes and what foods are in each My Plate group.


I have been searching the net for an explanation of the new food guide My Plate, but cannot find a thing about it. I was familiar with the 4 basic food groups and want to understand this NEW way of looking at nutrition. Can you help out?

The food guide My Plate is a tool used to teach people to eat a balanced diet from a variety of food portions without counting calories or any other nutrient. The USDA expanded the four food groups to six and expanded the number of servings to meet the calorie needs of most persons.

  • 3 to 5 servings of vegetables
  • 2 to 4 servings of fruits
  • 2 to 3 servings of milk, yogurt & cheese
  • 6 to 11 servings of bread, cereal, rice, & pasta
  • 2 to 3 servings of meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs & nuts
  • use fats, oils & sweets sparingly
Ask for the food guide My Plate. Home and Garden Bulletin Number 252. You can send for a copy of the food guide My Plate at:

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
1120 20th Street, NW, Suite 200N
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202-418-2312






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