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Diet History Questionnaire: Pyramid Food Groups

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You are viewing the web site for the original version of the DHQ. The latest version for the U.S. is the DHQ III; however, DHQ III does not yet have a Canadian version. The Canadian version of DHQ II is still available.

Intake of food groups, based on the US Department of Agriculture's pyramid servings, are available from Diet*Calc. These variables represent standardized servings of food groups from all sources. Consistent with how nutrient intakes are calculated by Diet*Calc, each line item of the DHQ has associated with it a value for servings of each individual food group. These are summed to calculate total intake servings per food group.

The pyramid food groups provided by Diet*Calc are as follows:

Total grains
Whole grains
Non-whole grains

Total vegetables
Dark green vegetables
Deep yellow vegetables
Dry beans and peas
White potatoes
Starchy vegetables
Other vegetables

Total fruits
Citrus, melons, berries
Other fruits

Grams of discretionary fat

Total dairy

Oz of lean meat from meat, poultry, fish (total)
Oz of lean meat from beef, pork, lamb, etc.
Oz of lean meat from organ meats
Oz of lean meat from franks, luncheon meats
Oz of lean meat from poultry
Oz of lean meat from fish, other seafood
Oz of lean meat equivalents from eggs
Oz of lean meat equivalents from soy products
Oz of lean meat equivalents from nuts, seeds

Teaspoons of added sugar

Drinks of alcohol