The American Heart Association recommends a healthy dietary pattern that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, fish, skinless poultry, nuts, and fat-free/low-fat dairy products, and limits sodium, saturated fat, red meat and added sugars.
This table shows the suggested number of servings from each food group based on a daily intake of 1,600 or 2,000 calories.
There is a right number of calories for you, depending on your age, physical activity level and whether you are trying to lose, gain or maintain your weight. Use our Fats and Sodium Explorer tool to get your personal daily calories.
Examples of One Serving
At least half of your servings should be whole-grain.
6 servings per day
6-8 servings per day
1 slice bread
1 oz dry cereal (check nutrition label for cup measurements of different products)
1/2 cup cooked rice, pasta, or cereal (about the size of a baseball)