USDA recommended macronutrient distribution for the general public
Macronutrient % of total calories
Carbohydrates 45 - 65%
Fats 20 - 35%
Protein 10 - 35%

  • Amounts are based on a 2000 calorie a day diet plan. Amounts will vary depending on the individual calorie goal
Food Group Amount per day Examples
Fruit group 2 cups apple, orange, etc.
Vegetable group 2.5 cups raw vegetables, vegetable juice, etc.
Grain group 6 oz (1/2 as whole grain) bread, rice, pasta, cereal
Meats and beans 5 and 1/2 oz lean chicken, lean beef, eggs, fish, beans
Milk group 3 cups milk, yogurt, low fat cheese
Oils 6 teaspoons vegetable oils, light salad dressing
Discretionary calories 267 calories table sugar, jelly, sweets