How Much is a Serving?

The Food Pyramid The Food Pyramid

Released in 1992, the food pyramid is a nutrition guide suggesting how much of each food category one should eat each day for a healthy diet.

In general terms the food guide pyramid recommends the following intake of different food groups each day

  • 6-11 servings of grain a day such as rice, bread, cereals, and pasta;
  • 3-5 servings a day of vegetables, especially green, leafy vegetables;
  • 2-4 servings of fruits a day;
  • 2-3 servings of meat, fish, eggs, nuts, or beans a day;
  • 2-3 servings of dairy products including cheese and yogurt every other day;
  • occasional use of fats, oils, and sweets.

The pyramid allowed individuals to consume the foods within a certain range of servings, but in the original version released in 1992 gave no hint on how to interpret that choice.


Later on, The United States Department of Agriculture released a new version of the 1992 food pyramid called MyPyramid which gives a hint about what a serving should contain:

  • Grains, recommending that at least half of grains consumed be as whole grains;
  • Vegetables, emphasizing dark green vegetables, orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas;
  • Fruits, emphasizing variety and deemphasizing fruit juices;
  • Oils, recommending fish, nut and vegetables sources;
  • Milk, a category that includes other dairy products;
  • Meat and beans, emphasizing low-fat and lean meats such as fish as well as more beans, peas, nuts, and seeds.

That doesn’t help me too much, so I searched deeper for how much is a serving. I found out that some nutritionists have established the serving sizes for a 2000 calories/day diet.


  • 1 bread slice
  • 1/2 roll
  • 5 – 6 small biscuits or 3 – 4 large biscuits
  • 1/2 cup of cereals, rise or cooked pasta
  • 1 medium baked potato
  • 80 g fried potatoes
  • 100 g smashed potato


  • 1 fruit (apple, banana or a medium orange)
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1 slice melon
  • 3/4 cup of fruits juice
  • 1/2 cup of small fruits (raspberry, blackberry, blueberry etc.)
  • 1/2 cup of sliced fruits, cooked or form a can
  • 1/4 cup of figs

Dry vegetables, nuts and seeds

  • 1/2 cooked beans
  • 6 peanuts
  • 2 table spoons of peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup of nuts/seeds


  • 1/2 cup of cooked greens
  • 1/2 cup of sliced greens
  • 1 cup of greens (spinach, green salad)
  • 3/4 cup of greens juice

Dairy, eggs

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of soy milk
  • 1 glass (250 ml) of yogurt
  • 30 – 50 chees
  • 1 egg

Oil and fats

  • 1 tea spoon of oil
  • 1 tea spoon of margarine
  • 1 tea spoon of salad dressing
  • 1 table spoon of mayonnaise

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  5. Marilyn Meszaros

    22. January 2008 | 22:36 h

    Love this!

    Exceptional information and I am
    absorbing it now and in the future like
    a sponge.

    Organized to be easy to understand and
    and pleasant to the eye.

    Most healthyfully yours,


  6. nice

    24. September 2009 | 13:09 h

    it is really help full

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    14. January 2011 | 08:22 h

    thank you so much, nice to get this in an easy and quick way. big help in planning my new diet :)

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    12. April 2011 | 13:25 h

    Very Helpful!! :D

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    12. April 2011 | 13:26 h

    great!! ;)

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