It's a good idea to think in terms of the 4 basic food groups when planning your family diet. Ideally, you should be getting 20% of your calories from the milk, meat and egg food groups, and 80% of your diet from the fruit, vegetable and grain food groups. Obviously, we eat excessive amounts of meat and dairy products. Check yourself on the following recommendations:
- First: One serving of meat per day is adequate for normal growth and development, two servings is maximum.
- Second: Eggs should be limited to three or four a week.
- Third: After your child's 2nd birthday, switch to 2% milk. It's better than whole milk.
- Fourth: Try to serve fruit or fruit juice at every meal. Offer fruits for dessert and snacks. Start every day with a glass of fruit juice.
- Fifth: When making casseroles, increase the amount of vegetables and decrease the amount of meat.
- Sixth: Encourage more cereals for breakfast. Use more whole grain breads for sandwiches.
In summary, for better health, remember to eat more fruits and less meats.
If you have other questions about a healthy diet, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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