The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Patterns  suggest that people over 50 keep an eye on calories while choosing a variety of healthy foods from five major food groups and limiting solid fats and added sugars.
Calories are the way to measure the energy you get from food. How many calories you need depends on whether you are a man or a woman and how physically active you are each day. Visit How many calories do you need?  to choose the calorie total that’s right for you.
|1,600 calories||2,000 calories||2,600 calories|
|Grains||5 ounces or equivalent||6 ounces or equivalent||9 ounces or equivalent|
|Vegetables||2 cups||2-1/2 cups||3-1/2 cups|
|Fruits||1-1/2 cups||2 cups||2 cups|
|Protein foods||5 ounces or equivalent||5-1/2 ounces or equivalent||6-1/2 ounces or equivalent|
|Seafood||8 ounces/week||8 ounces/week||10 ounces/week|
|Meat, poultry, eggs||24 ounces/week||26 ounces/week||31 ounces/week|
|Nuts, seeds, soy products||4 ounces/week||4 ounces/week||5 ounces/week|
|Dairy products||3 cups||3 cups||3 cups|
|Oils||22 grams||27 grams||34 grams|
|Solid fats and added sugars (SoFAS)||121 calories||258 calories||362 calories|
Learn more about the USDA Food Patterns food groups:
What's On Your Plate? is based on the nutrition recommendations for older adults in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010  from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).