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Table 1. Distribution of servings among subgroups within MyPyramid major food groups, among US Children & Adolescents (ages 2–18), 2003–2004 NHANESa

Food group % Current Intake % Recommendedb
Fruit
Whole fruit 42.8 ≥ 50
Juice 57.2 ≤ 50
Vegetables
Dark greenc 3.0 17
Oranged 3.3 11
Legumese, f 6.4 17
Starchyg 36.3 17
Otherh 54.9 37
Grains
Whole 6.8 ≥ 50
Non-whole 93.2 ≤ 50
Meat and Beans
Meat 45.4 NAi
Poultry 30.0 NAi
Fish 4.6 NAi
Egg 6.1 NAi
Nuts/seeds 9.8 NAi
Legumese 3.3 NAi
Soy 0.9 NAi
Milk
Milk 64.5 NAi
Yogurt 1.7 NAi
Cheese 33.4 NAi
Discretionary calories
Solid fat 52.7 NAi
Added sugars 46.7 NAi
Alcohol 0.6 NAi
a: NHANES = National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
b: From the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
c: For example, broccoli, romaine, spinach, and collard greens.
d: For example, carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes.
e: For example lentils, cooked dried peas, and beans.
f: Legumes are included in both the Vegetable group and the Meat and Beans group so that the relative proportion can be determined within both food groups. In the Meat and Beans group, servings are adjusted as defined in the MyPyramid Equivalents Database so that 1/4 cup vegetables = 1 ounce equivalent meat and beans.
g: For example, white potatoes, corn, and green peas.
h: For example, tomatoes, onions, and iceberg lettuce.
i: Not applicable: no specific recommendations provided.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013