Jump to Main Content. Find out how many calories to eat each day and how much of the different food groups are needed to provide those calories for a healthy diet for ages 2 to 20 years. Online game for ages years and years translations available in French, Greek, Italian and Spanish with Adult version guide. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Calculator available for children and teens or adults. Also available in Spanish.
Skip to content. Follow the "Healthy Eating Food Pyramid" guide as you pick your food. Grains should be taken as the major dietary source. Eat more fruit and vegetables.
The guides have been updated over time, to adopt new scientific findings and new public health marketing techniques. The current guidelines are the Dietary Guidelines for Americans - Over time they have described from 4 to 11 food groups. Wilbur Olin Atwater as a farmers' bulletin.
D ifferent foods contain different nutrients and other healthful substances. No single food can supply all the nutrients in the amounts you need. For example, oranges provide vitamin C and folate but no vitamin B 12 ; cheese provides calcium and vitamin B 12 ; but no vitamin C.