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Protein Food Dietary Information from the USDA

The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has good dietary information summaries  on protein foods.

Links on the page guide readers to information on vegetarian choices, what counts as an ounce, tips for making wise choices, and the roles of various nutrients in this group (as Vitamin E as an antioxidant)


From the USDA Web site Protein Foods

What foods are in the protein foods group?

All foods made from meat, poultry, fish, dry beans or peas, eggs, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the protein foods group. Dry beans and peas are part of this group as well as the vegetable group. For more information on dry beans and peas click here.

Most meat and poultry choices should be lean or low-fat. Fish, nuts, and seeds contain healthy oils, so choose these foods frequently instead of meat or poultry. (See Why is it important to include fish, nuts, and seeds?)

Some commonly eaten choices in the protein foods group, with selection tips, are: [listing at the Web site]



The Meats Food Gallery
link at this Web site has pictures  (marked in inches) of  serving portions along with their related meat/bean daily equivalents.
For example


Salmon steak — 8 ounces cooked weight

Meat and Beans Group: counts as 8 ounce equivalents meat and beans


Picture of Salmon

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The USDA also has similar information on other Food Groups.




March 17, 2011 - Posted by | Nutrition | , , ,

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