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Food Groups Servings Learning Sheet

Food Pyramid Servings and Portion Chart
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  • Published: Jul 06, 2011
  • Grades: 2-5
  • Ages: 7-13
  • Source: USDA MyPyramid
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Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 @ 12:17 PM

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Where it says "Meat and Beans 3 serving - 3 ounces" (in the purple) should that actually be 1 serving?
Nourish- Chef Solus
Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 @ 12:23 PM

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The protein food group (formerly called the meat and beans group) is a bit confusing. The USDA measures it by 1 ounce equivalents. So if a small child only needs 3 ounces for the day, that could be called 3 servings. But we also use servings interchangeably with portions. We usually eat meat in 3 ounce portions. But if you eat one egg or one tablespoon of peanut butter that is each respectively 1 ounce (1 serving of protein). The USDA is moving away from using the word servings and instead, stating how much you need of a food group. I hope this helps clear up any confusion.

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