USDA's new MyPyramid symbolizes a personalized approach to healthy eating and physical activity. The symbol has been designed to be simple. It has been developed to remind consumers to make healthy food choices and to be active every day.

Activity is represented by the steps and the person climbing them, as a reminder of the importance of daily physical activity.

Moderation is represented by the narrowing of each food group from bottom to top. The wider base stands for foods with little or no solid fats or added sugars. These should be selected more often. The narrower top area stands for foods containing more added sugars and solid fats. The more active you are, the more of these foods can fit into your diet.

Personalization is shown by the person on the steps, the slogan, and the URL. Find the kinds of amounts of food to eat each day at MyPyramid.gov

Proportionality is shown by the different widths of the food group bands. The widths suggest how much food a person should choose from each group. The widths are just a general guide, not exact proportions. Check the Web site for how much is right for you.

Variety is symbolized by the 6 color bands representing the 5 food groups of the Pyramid and oils. This illustrates that foods from all groups are needed each day for good health.

Gradual improvement is encouraged by the slogan. It suggests that individuals can benefit from taking small steps to improve their diet and lifestyle each day.

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After 13 years the Food Pyramid finally gets an overhaul. New proportions and an increase from 4 food groups to 6 relfects new information about processed grains and saturated fats. In addition excersize is now a prominent component of the pyramid. With these changes and the restructuring of Food Groups the new pyramid addressess many of the obesity issues facing the United States.

Many asian societies stress diversity and variety as core to dietary guidelines. It tends to balance the potential positive and negative interactions among food components. The idea of eating a rainbow (The way foods produce color are indicative of how the body will process their nutrients, blue foods are rich in antioxidants.) This approach is simple and easy to remember and provides nutrients to the body by providing nutrients in different forms from different food sources.

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  • Inside the New Food Pyramid
    ... What foods are in the grain group? Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are...

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Inside the New Food Pyramid
... What foods are in the grain group? Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are...
Source: USDA MyPyramid.Gov

   

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