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Table 2 Description of food categories

From: Difference in adult food group intake by sex and age groups comparing Brazil and United States nationwide surveys

Food categories Types of foods in the category
Milk Whole, reduced fat, fat-free milk, flavored milk, milk substitutes
Dairy products Cheeses, cottage, ricotta, yogurt, ice cream, cream
Meat Beef, pork, lamb, game
Poultry Poultry, chicken patties, nuggets
Fish and seafood Finfish and shellfish
Eggs and egg dishes Scrambled, fried, omelet, quiches, soufflés
Protein mixed dishes Meat, poultry and fish items that contain grain and/or vegetables
Deli and cured meats Ham, luncheon meats, frankfurters, bacon, sausage
Beans and legumes Beans and lentils, bean dishes, soy, textured vegetable protein
Rice and rice dishes Rice and rice dishes that contain sauces, meat and/or vegetables
Breads Breads, Rolls, tortillas, biscuits, muffins, doughnuts, waffles, French toast
Savory snacks Chips, popcorn, pretzels, crackers
Pizza and pasta Pizza, calzones, pizza rolls, spaghetti, ravioli, macaroni, lasagna
Cereals and grains Ready-to-eat and cooked cereals, grits, oatmeal
Sweets and confections Chocolate candies, caramels, chewing gum, cookies, cakes, pies
Fruits All fruits including berries, citrus, melons, dried fruit
Vegetables All vegetables including dark green, red/orange, starchy, potatoes
Coffee and tea Brewed and instant coffee, coffee drinks, brewed and bottled tea
Juices Fruit and vegetable juices
Soft drinks Regular and artificial sweetened carbonated beverages
Alcoholic beverages Beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages
Spreads Butter, margarine, cream cheese, dips
Oils and nuts Salad dressings, mayonnaise, oils, peanuts, nut butters, coconut
Sauces and condiments Catsup, salsa, barbecue sauce, gravies, pickles/pickled vegetables
All other foods Basic ingredients