In this video, we’ll get to know the different food groups that are a part of the MyPlate model.
Vegetables are plants or parts of plants that you can eat. At every meal, vegetables should make up half your plate. Vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet because they provide a TON of
essential ingredients–including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate (folic acid), potassium,
and dietary fiber.
Fruits are also parts of plants–but they’re often higher in sugar content than vegetables (giving them a sweet flavor). Because of their higher sugar content, fruits don’t need to be present at every
meal–especially if you are trying to lose weight. When you do include fruit, it should make up about a quarter of your plate.
Grains are essentially seeds. As a food group, “Grain” refers to any food made from
wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain. Bread, pasta, oatmeal,
breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are examples of grain products. Grains should make up about a quarter of your plate and overall diet.
The Protein food group includes foods that are good sources of the macronutrient called protein. The Protein food group includes many animal products such as meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs. Some high-protein foods come from other food groups as well. Dairy products such as Greek yogurt are high in protein. Beans and peas, which are also vegetables, are also good sources of protein, as are soy products, nuts, and seeds.
The last food group recommended by the MyPlate model is Dairy. However I usually refer to the Dairy group as the Calcium food group–since the most important aspect of this group is in assuring that you eat a sufficient amount of calcium (1000 mg per day).
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