The protein found in this food group is important to every cell in our body. However, most Americans eat far more meat than is recommended. Read on to find out how to stay within recommended limits.
The amount of protein you need to eat depends on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. In general, try for about 5 ½ ounces each day. An ounce of meat, poultry, or fish, ¼ cup cooked beans, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, or ½ ounce nuts or seeds counts as an ounce. To find out how much kids should eat, visit MyPyramid for Kids.
Learn more about how to buy and store foods from this food group.