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Food and Nutrition

What is a serving of food?

The amount of food you need every day depends on your age, body size, activity level, whether you are male or female and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. That's why Canada's Food Guide gives age and gender specific numbers for each food group. Visit Canada's Food Guide to find out how many servings you need from each of the four food groups every day.

Canada's Food Guide also defines serving sizes for different foods. For example, in grain products, one slice of bread equals one Food Guide serving, while one bagel, pita or bun equals two Food Guide servings. The Food Guide uses both metric and household measures. That's because you usually buy or prepare foods using either of these measures.

Click here to learn more about healthy portion sizes.


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