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Senior Health: Nutritional Requirements for Adults

  By posted Jul 7th 2012
Diet & Fitness

Dietary guidelines for seniors. The dietary guidelines for adults suggest that a person should select a suggested amount from five major food groups each day. The recommended dietary guidelines are as follows:

  • Grains: 5-10 ounces (with at least three ounces from whole grains)
  • Vegetables: 2 to 3 1/2 cups, with a variety of colors and types
  • Fruits: 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups
  • Milk, yogurt, and cheese: 3 cups of milk (1 cup of yogurt, 1 1/2 to 2 ounces of cheese, or 2 cups of cottage cheese are equivalent to one cup of milk)
  • Meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nuts: 5-7 ounces of lean meat, poultry or fish (1/4 cup of cooked beans or tofu, 1 egg, 1/2 ounce of nuts or seeds, or 1 tablespoon of peanut butter are equivalent to one ounce of meat)


Source: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

 

 

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