What is the serving size of meat in the USDA MyPlate model?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Based on a 2000 calorie per day diet, it is recommended to consume 5.5 ounces of protein per day. One ounce is equal to one ounce of lean beef, poultry, pork, chicken, turkey, or fish; or 1 egg; 1 tablespoon peanut butter; ½ ounce nuts; or ¼ cup beans or peas. Each of these examples are equivalent to a 1 ounce portion so you may have a tablespoon of peanut butter on a slice of whole wheat toast and a banana for breakfast; half of a whole chicken breast grilled on a whole grain bun with a side salad and a slice of melon for lunch; and for dinner a hamburger made from lean beef and the size of your palm of your hand along with baked sweet potato fries and steamed green beans.

The "meat group" is now called the "protein group" in MyPlate. According to the USDA, a serving is considered 1 ounce of meat, poultry or fish, ¼ cup cooked beans, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, or ½ ounce of nuts or seeds.

Adults should have 5 to 7 ounces of protein daily depending upon their needs
MyPlate, USDA's food pyramid

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