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General Mills Sales, Inc.

General Mills Sales, Inc.

Number One General Mills Blvd Golden Valley, MN 55426

Company Profile
and Recommended Shifts
In this section:

Food Groups
Other Dietary Components
Underconsumed Nutrients and Nutrients of Public Health Concern
Beverages
As described in Chapter 1, most foods in healthy eating patterns should come from the food groups. As Figure 2-3 shows, across the U.S. population, average intakes of foods from the food groups are far from amounts recommended in the Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern.

Figure 2-3.
Average Daily Food Group Intakes by Age-Sex Groups, Compared to Ranges of Recommended Intake
Figure 2-3 - 5 charts, one for each food group - chart descriptions provided below
Read text description of Figure 2-3
DATA SOURCES:
What We Eat in America, NHANES 2007-2010 for average intakes by age-sex group. Healthy U.S.-Style Food Patterns, which vary based on age, sex, and activity level, for recommended intake ranges.

Calories in Nutrient-Dense Versus Current Typical Choices in the Food Groups
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Food Groups
The following sections describe total current intakes for each of the food groups and for oils, and the leading food categories contributing to this total. They also describe the shifts in food choices that are needed to meet recommendations and provide strategies that can help individuals make these shifts.

Vegetables
Current intakes: Figure 2-3 shows the low average intakes of vegetables across age-sex groups in comparison to recommended intake levels. Vegetable consumption relative to recommendations is lowest among boys ages 9 to 13 years and girls ages 14 to 18 years. Vegetable intakes relative to recommendations are slightly higher during the adult years, but intakes are still below recommendations. In addition, with few exceptions, the U.S. population does not meet intake recommendations for any of the vegetable subgroups (Figure 2-4).

Figure 2-4.
Average Vegetable Subgroup Intakes in Cup-Equivalents per Week by Age-Sex Groups, Compared to Ranges of Recommended Intakes per Week
Figure 2-4 - 5 charts, one for each vegetable subgroup - chart descriptions provided below
Read text description of Figure 2-4
DATA SOURCES:
What We Eat in America, NHANES 2007-2010 for average intakes by age-sex group. Healthy U.S.-Style Food Patterns, which vary based on age, sex, and activity level, for recommended intake ranges.

Potatoes and tomatoes are the most commonly consumed vegetables, accounting for 21 percent and 18 percent of all vegetable consumption, respectively. Lettuce and onions are the only other vegetables that make up more than 5 percent each of total vegetable group consumption. Table 2-1 lists additional examples of vegetables in each of the subgroups. About 60 percent of all vegetables are eaten as a separate food item, about 30 percent as part of a mixed dish, and the remaining 10 percent as part of snack foods, condiments, and gravies. Vegetables are part of many types of mixed dishes, from burgers, sandwiches, and tacos to pizza, meat stews, pasta dishes, grain-based casseroles, and soups.

Shift to consume more vegetables: For most individuals, following a healthy eating pattern would include an increase in total vegetable intake from all vegetable subgroups, in nutrient-dense forms, and an increase in the variety of different vegetables consumed over time (see Table 2-1). Strategies to increase vegetable intake include choosing more vegetables¡ªfrom all subgroups¡ªin place of foods high in calories, saturated fats, or sodium such as some meats, poultry, cheeses, and snack foods. One realistic option is to increase the vegetable content of mixed dishes while decreasing the amounts of other food components that are often overconsumed, such as refined grains or meats high in saturated fat and/or sodium. Other strategies include always choosing a green salad or a vegetable as a side dish and incorporating vegetables into most meals and snacks.

Table 2-1.
Examples of Vegetables in Each Vegetable Subgroup
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Fruits
Current intakes: As shown in Figure 2-3, average intake of fruits is below recommendations for almost all age-s
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