As of 2014, eggs belong to the protein food group as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional guide, MyPlate. This guide replaced the long-standing food pyramid diagrams in June 2011.
The USDA defines the protein foods group as all foods that are made of meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, processed soy products, beans, peas, nuts and seeds. The MyPlate diagram depicts a round plate and glass divided into different categories to represent the five food groups. The plate is divided into sections of about 30 percent vegetables, 20 percent fruits, 30 percent grains and 20 percent protein. The glass represents dairy.Learn More
Olives are classified as a fruit. Olives are from the genus Olea and the species europa. The genus Olea contains approximately 20 species. Only one species in this genus, europa, produces edible olives and the oil consumed from these olives.Full Answer >
Legumes are found in two food groups according to the USDA: the vegetable group and the meat and beans group. Legumes are the seedpod (or fruit) of various beans and peas, the most popular being peanuts, alfalfa and asparagus.Full Answer >
The U.S. Department of Agriculture places eggs in the protein foods group. This category also includes meat, poultry, seafood, beans, peas, soy products, nuts and seeds.Full Answer >
Peanuts are part of the legume family. Legumes, which also include beans and peas such as lentils and black beans, can be classified as a vegetable. Peanuts can also be part of the protein food group.Full Answer >