There are four food groups that make important nutritional contributions to our diets. They are as follows:
1.Cereal and Grain Foods — Baked goods, cereals, bread and flour products are rich, but inexpensive, sources of carbohydrates, minerals and protein. They also contribute some vitamins and a small amount of fat.
2.Fruits and vegetables — Fruits and vegetables, along with potatoes, are very nutritious, providing plenty of vitamins and minerals, along with bulk in the form of cellulose and energy from the carbohydrates. Four or more servings from this group should be included each day.
3.The high-protein group —Fish, meat, eggs, poultry, and even vegetable items such as dried beans, nuts and peas. Along with protein, these foods provide B vitamins and iron. Two or more servings from this group should be consumed each day.
4.Milk and milk-group products — Milk and cheeses are important because they're a particularly rich source of protein, calcium and riboflavin (vitamin B2). However, milk is very high in calories and saturated animal fats. If you like milk, and drink more than two glasses a day, try to drink the skim or low-fat variety. Two servings a day from the milk group is enough.
The recommended servings from the Four Basic Food Groups will supply the bodybuilder with all the necessary nutrients.