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Do the 7 main food groups need to be in an average daily intake of food? — Rebecca, West Yorkshire

Christine Palumbo



Most leading health authorities recommend we follow the daily guidelines of the USDA Food Guide Pyramid. It consists of five food groups. They are:

6-11 servings of the Bread, Cereal, Rice & Pasta Group    

3-5 servings of the Vegetable Group

2-4 servings of the Fruit Group

2-3 servings of the Milk, Yogurt and Cheese Group

2-3 servings of the Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs & Nuts Group

Fats, Oils and Sweets should be eaten sparingly


Yes, we should eat foods from each group daily. The number of portions is determined by your individual calorie needs.

About Christine Palumbo

Christine Palumbo, MBA, RD has been a nutrition communications consultant since 1989, providing dietary counsel and analysis on various nutrition, health and weight management topics to corporate clients and news media outlets nationwide. An active member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the Illinois Dietetic Association, Chicago Dietetic Association for more than twenty years, she has served on a variety of boards and practice group committees within those organizations. In 1981 and 1982, Palumbo was honored by the Chicago Dietetic Association and the Illinois Dietetic Association, respectively, as the Recognized Young Dietician of the Year.

Palumbo has been featured as the expert speaker in numerous national health panels and has published many articles and pamphlets regarding nutrition and healthcare. She has been featured in national women's, health and business magazines, daily newspapers and local and national radio programs. Palumbo has also appeared on numerous local and national TV news programs, including a segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997 on the health benefits of drinking water.

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