Food Group Chart Name ___________________ Food Group Nutrients Health Benefits Best Food sources Grain Group Key Nutrient: Provides energy Whole grain Carbohydrates (calories). breads, rolls, Fiber Fiber helps food Bagels move through rice, pasta Other nutrient; digestive system and ready to eat *Iron prevents constipation. cereal cooked cereal Vegetable Group Key nutrient: Protects eyes Orange, yellow and Vitamin A Helps keep skin green vegetables healthy Other nutrients: Fiber Carbohydrates Fruit Group Key Nutrient: Helps keep body cells Citrus Vitamin C and tissues strong fruits(oranges and healthy. grapefruit) Other nutrients: Helps the body heal Green leafy Fiber vegetables Carbohydrates broccoli spinach cabbage Fats, oils Key nutrient: Carries some vitamins oil, butter, nuts Fat (A,D,E, and K) to your and seeds, poultry cells. skin, salad Supplies energy dressing, some (calories) meat and cheese Milk Group Key nutrient: Helps form strong milk Calcium bones and teeth yogurt, cheese, Other nutrients: Helps blood clot pudding, milkshake Protein Vitamin D Meat /Beans group Key nutrient: Aids growth. lean meat, fish Protein Builds muscles. poultry Replaces worn out eggs Other nutrient: cells. nuts, peanut *Iron- butter cooked dried beans *iron – helps blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Protects against some forms of anemia Water - Helps regulate body temperature, important part of cells and fluids in body.
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