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Six Food Groups
for use
in the Caribbean
Cereals:
Bread (from whole
grain or enriched
flour), wheat flour, corn
(maize), corn­meal,
dried cereals,
macaroni, spaghe...
Kidney beans,
gungo/pigeon
peas, black-eye
peas, cow peas,
other dried peas
and beans,
peanuts, cashew
nuts, sesame
seeds,...
Dark green leafy and
yellow vegetables:
Callaloo/spinach,
dasheen leaves,
cabbage bush, pak
choy, string beans,
pumpkin, c...
Mango, guava,
citrus (orange,
grapefruit, limes,
tangerine),
pineapple, West
Indian cherry,
pawpaw/papaya,
golden
apple/Je...
. Meat, poultry, fish
(fresh, canned,
pickled, dried), milk,
cheese, yoghurt,
egg, liver, heart,
kidney, tripe (offal),
tr...
Cooking and salad
oils, butter,
margarine,
shortening, ghee,
coconut cream/milk,
meat fat, nuts,
avocado pear,
Jamaican ac...
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Six food groups

The six food groups used in the Caribbean when planning meals to ensure a balanced diet.

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Six food groups

  1. 1. Six Food Groups for use in the Caribbean
  2. 2. Cereals: Bread (from whole grain or enriched flour), wheat flour, corn (maize), corn­meal, dried cereals, macaroni, spaghetti, rice, cereal porridges. Starchy fruits, roots, tubers/ground provisions: Banana, plantain, breadfruit, yam, potato, dasheen, coco/ eddoe, cassava.
  3. 3. Kidney beans, gungo/pigeon peas, black-eye peas, cow peas, other dried peas and beans, peanuts, cashew nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds.
  4. 4. Dark green leafy and yellow vegetables: Callaloo/spinach, dasheen leaves, cabbage bush, pak choy, string beans, pumpkin, carrot. Other vegetables: Squash, cho-cho, (christophene, chayote), cucumber, tomato, garden egg/aubergine
  5. 5. Mango, guava, citrus (orange, grapefruit, limes, tangerine), pineapple, West Indian cherry, pawpaw/papaya, golden apple/Jew/June plum, sugar apple/sweet sop.
  6. 6. . Meat, poultry, fish (fresh, canned, pickled, dried), milk, cheese, yoghurt, egg, liver, heart, kidney, tripe (offal), trotters, feet, tail, head
  7. 7. Cooking and salad oils, butter, margarine, shortening, ghee, coconut cream/milk, meat fat, nuts, avocado pear, Jamaican ackee.

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