Sunday, January 30, 2011

Food Group Breakdown

Ever wonder what the major nutrients found in each food group are.  In no particular order, here they are...

Fruits: folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, fiber

Vegetables: folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, fiber

Grains: folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, iron, magnesium, selenium, fiber

Meat: protein, niacin, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc

Milk/Dairy: protein, riboflavin, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, potassium, (often fortified with vitamins A + D)

Oils- vitamin E, essential fatty acids

Visit for more information on the US Dietary Guidelines.  Be sure to check out the new and improved food pyramid; which can now be customized by entering in your age, sex, height, weight, and daily physical activity

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