Food Groups - Grains
Food Groups Continued...
This last page in the article covers the grains group as well as oils.
Oils are not part of the MyPlate group of foods but is worth mentioning.
Grains are the items made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley and
These include breads, cereals and pastas just to name a few.
There are two groups within the grains area. These are Whole Grains and
The whole grains are basically the unprocess grains while refined
grains are processed.
the MyPlate groups, the grains should make up slightly more than 1/4 of
your plate. You should aim for the whole grains versus processed grains
when building your meals.
The other area discussed on this
page is the oils. While you can get most of the recommended amounts of
oils from foods you eat, you will also find oils in certain items.
Oils are also often used in the cooking process.
are foods that are made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley and
Items like breads, pasta, cereals, tortillas and grits
would be in the grain food group.
are 2 different subgroups for the grains. The first is Whole Grains and
the other is Refined Grains.
whole grains subgroup would include items made from whole grains such
as whole wheat flour, cracked wheat, oatmeal, whole cornmeal and brown
rice. These are unprocessed grains.
The refined grains subgroup
include items made from refined (or processed) grains. These would
include items made from white flour, de-germed cornmeal and white rice.
want to try and get most of your grains from the Whole Grain subgroup.
Because items that are closer to nature (less processing) give you more
nutrition for the calories you are consuming.
Below are the recommended serving sizes for the grains food groups.
are not part of the food groups but worth mentioning when talking about
recommended servings and nutrition.
Oils are fats that are liquid at room temperature such as vegetable
oils used for cooking.
Some common oils include;
Many food items provide you with the needed nutrition from oils like
nuts, olives, some fishes and avocados. Other food items such as
mayonnaise, certain salad dressings and soft margarine are
While you may get most of the recommended amount from the foods you
eat, you can also ensure you get the proper amount of oils by switching
to oils instead of solid fats like butter or stick margarine.
Here are the recommended servings for oils.
Here's more on the recommended portion sizes based on the food pyramid food
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