The USDA has divided most foods into five food groups:
the fruit group
the vegetable group
the dairy food group
There are some foods that don't fit into any of these food groups because they do not have enough nutrients and are predominantly "empty calories". Empty calories means they are mostly sugar and/or fat.
In order for your family and child to have a healthy well balanced meal, they will need to eat or drink foods from each of these food groups.
Each food group is rich in certain vitamins and minerals. By eating a diet that is made up from each of these food groups, your child will be getting the nutrients they need to grow healthy and fight off disease.
However, your body needs more of some food groups and less of others.
In general, your body needs more fruits and vegetables. That is why the USDA My Plate shows us what a healthy plate looks like:
Learn more about the key messages of the five food groups.