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Table 1 BALANCE recommendation of servings per day in each food group according to the energy-levela

From: Development of a dietary index based on the Brazilian Cardioprotective Nutritional Program (BALANCE)

  Number of servings per day
BALANCE food groups 1400 1600 1800 2000 2200 2400
  Kcal Kcal Kcal Kcal Kcal Kcal
Green (vegetables, fruits, beans and legumes, low-fat milk) 9 11 11 12 14 16
Yellow (rice, bread, pasta, oats, couscous, nuts, vegetable oil) 6 7 9 10 11 13
Blue (meat, fish, cheese, eggs) 2 2 3 3 4 4
Red (ultra-processed foods) 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1. BALANCE = Brazilian Cardioprotective Nutritional Program
  2. aThis content was published in the BALANCE research protocol, is reproduced with permission and available on request from the authors [14]