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Appendix L
MyPyramid Food Intake Pattern Compared with Meal Requirements for the NSLP

This appendix presents a table comparing the amounts of food specified by the MyPyramid food intake pattern with the current school meal requirements for a school lunch. The committee divided the total daily MyPyramid amounts for selected calorie levels by 3 since, by law, school lunch must provide one-third of a day’s intake of calories and nutrients.



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Appendix L MyPyramid Food Intake Pattern Compared with Meal Requirements for the NSLP This appendix presents a table comparing the amounts of food specified by the MyPyramid food intake pattern with the current school meal requirements for a school lunch. The committee divided the total daily MyPyramid amounts for selected calorie levels by 3 since, by law, school lunch must provide one-third of a day’s intake of calories and nutrients. 175

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176 NUTRITION STANDARDS AND MEAL REQUIREMENTS TABLE L-1 Lunch Pattern Based on 2,400-Calorie MyPyramid Food Intake Pattern Compared with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program NSLP Traditional Food- NSLP Enhanced Food- Based Menu Plan Based Menu Plan Minimum Minimum Requirement Requirement as a % of as a % of One-Third of One-Third of MyPyramid the the Pattern MyPyramid Divided by MyPyramid Minimum Minimum 3a MyPyramid Food Group Pattern Pattern Requirement Requirement Total fruit (c/meal) ⅔c N/S NA N/S NA Total veg (c/meal) 1c N/S NA N/S NA Total fruit/veg (c/meal) 1⅔c ¾c 45% 1c 60% Dark green veg (c/wk) 1c N/S NA N/S NA Orange veg (c/wk) ⅔c N/S NA N/S NA Legumes (c/wk) 1c N/S NA N/S NA Starchy veg (c/wk) 2c N/S NA N/S NA Other veg (c/wk) 2⅓c N/S NA N/S NA Total grain (oz eq/meal) 2⅔c 1.6 60% 3 112% Whole grains (oz eq/meal) 1.3 oz N/S NA N/S NA Total milk group (c/meal) 1c 1c 100% 1c 100% Total meat and bean (oz 2.17 oz 3 oz 138% 2 oz 92% eq/meal) Oils (tsp/meal) 2 ⅓ tsp N/S NA N/S NA Discretionary calorieb allowance (calories/meal) 121 calories N/S NA N/S NA NOTE: c = c; eq = equivalent; NA = not applicable; N/S = not specified; NSLP = National School Lunch Program; oz = ounce; tsp = teaspoon; veg = vegetable. a Daily recommendations have been divided by 3 for comparison of the values with the current NSLP guidelines for a school lunch (which should provide one-third of a day’s intake of calories and nutrients). b Discretionary calories are the calories remaining after the consumption of the calories needed to meet recommended nutrient intakes. These can be used to select foods with higher fat or sugar contents. SOURCE: Derived from USDA, 2000b, 2005.