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Diet History Questionnaire: Pyramid Food Groups

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You are viewing the Web site for the original version of the DHQ. The latest version is the DHQ II.

Intake of food groups, based on the US Department of Agriculture's pyramid servings, are available from Diet*Calc. These variables represent standardized servings of food groups from all sources. Consistent with how nutrient intakes are calculated by Diet*Calc, each line item of the DHQ has associated with it a value for servings of each individual food group. These are summed to calculate total intake servings per food group. More detailed documentation on pyramid servings and what foods are included in each food group can be found at: USDA Community Nutrition Research Group.

The pyramid food groups provided by Diet*Calc are as follows:

Total grains Total dairy
Whole grains Milk
Non-whole grains Yogurt
Total vegetables  
Dark green vegetables Oz of lean meat from meat, poultry, fish (total)
Deep yellow vegetables Oz of lean meat from beef, pork, lamb, etc.
Dry beans and peas Oz of lean meat from organ meats
White potatoes Oz of lean meat from franks, luncheon meats
Starchy vegetables Oz of lean meat from poultry
Tomatoes Oz of lean meat from fish, other seafood
Other vegetables Oz of lean meat equivalents from eggs
  Oz of lean meat equivalents from soy products
Total fruits Oz of lean meat equivalents from nuts, seeds
Citrus, melons, berries  
Other fruits Teaspoons of added sugar
Grams of discretionary fat Drinks of alcohol

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013