Food Pyramids & Plates
The United States Department of Agriculture developed MyPlate in 2011 to illustrate the five food groups. It is a familiar image to help people understand what Americans should be eating in a healthy diet.
Peanuts are eaten like nuts as snacks and are included in the US dietary guidelines and related dietary guidance in the “protein group,” along with other types of nuts (USDA, 2011).
“Some protein products, particularly some animal-based sources, are high in saturated fat, so non-fat, lowfat, or lean choices should be selected. Fat in-take should emphasize monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, such as those found in seafood, nuts, seeds, and oils.”
- Dietary Guidelines 2010
Not only can eating a handful of peanuts a day reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, but an ounce of peanuts provides about 1/3 of the USDA daily protein requirements for most children and adults.