Thursday, May 19, 2011

Food pyramid as a guide for menu planning

According to Food Guide Pyramid, we should take 50-60 % of Carbohydrate (CHO) foods, 15-20% protein and <30% fat. Out bodies need different nutrients in varying amount as suggested above (e.g. more energy-giving carbohydrates, moderate levels of protein and small quantities of vitamins and minerals). Therefore I would like to provide information based on the percentage of sources, the picture I found above is a general view of food guide pyramid but I want to comment specifically on each sources. CHO food sources include rice, noodles, bread, oats, biscuit, starchy vegetables (such as potatoes, carrot, corn, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, peas and beans); protein sources include fish, chicken, beef, lamb, egg, milk and dairy products; fat sources include fatty part of meats and cooking oil.

For CHO calculation, we assume that 1 chinese bowl of rice contains around 225 Kcal which is equal to 3 pieces of bread or 9 pieces of plain cream crackers. Thus, for male adult, it is recommend to take 1 chinese bowl or 1 1/3 chinese bowl for each meal; for female, allow to take 1 chinese bowl for each meal. For snacking purpose, you can take 1 to 2 pieces of bread or maximum 6 pieces of biscuit.

For protein calculation, we assume that 30g of meats without bone contain around 65 Kcal and 40g of fish contain aorund 35 Kcal. The protein for these is around 7g. Thus, it is suggested for you to take 60g of meats daily or 1 small fish for lunch and dinner to get adequate protein to support daily life.

For fat calculation, we assume one tespoon of cooking oil contains 5 g fat which means providing 45 Kcal.

I hope with these information and tips provided, you can have a better understanding on food pyramid guidance and plan your own meal from the base of pyramid in a healthier and balance way. Cheers.

根据食物金字塔,我们应该采取50-60%的碳水化合物食物,15-20%的蛋白质<30%的脂肪。 碳水化合物食物来源包括米,面,米粉,面包,燕麦,饼干,淀粉类蔬菜(土豆,胡萝卜,玉米,红薯,南瓜,豌豆,豆类),蛋白质来源包括鱼肉,鸡肉,牛肉,羊肉,鸡蛋,牛奶和乳制品,脂肪来源包括肉类,食用油脂肪等

对于碳水化合物食物的计算,我们假设1碗米饭中含有约225卡路里,相等于三片面包或9片饼干。因此,对于成年男性,这是建议可食用1碗或1 1/3; 女性则可摄取每餐1碗。对于喝早茶或下午茶,可摄取12片面包或饼干6




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