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The Food Guide Pyramid does not prescribe a universal diet, but needs to be interpreted differently according to individual needs. Here are two people of very different backgrounds, and a sample menu of what they might consume to stay within the boundaries of the Pyramid. In all cases, the need for snacks should be dictated by blood glucose levels and physical activity:
Daily Requirements for May, an 80-year-old type 2 Asian woman:
About 1,500 total calories; six servings of bread, cereal, rice or pasta; three servings of vegetables; two servings of fruit; two to three servings of dairy; two servings of meat.
Daily requirements for Rick, a 21 year-old Caucasian type 1, active male:
About 2,800 total calories, 11 servings of the bread, cereal, rice, or pasta group, 5 servings of the vegetable group, 4 fruit servings, 2-3 milk group servings, and 3 servings of the meat group for a total of 7 ounces.
*Note: More calories will be required for strenuous activity, for example a 170 pound male burns about 460 calories during one-hour of basketball
Sample Meal Plan:
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