Food Guide Pyramid


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Food Guide Pyramid

Recommendations developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for planning a balanced diet. Foods are divided into six groups: bread, cereal, rice, and pasta; fruits; vegetables; milk, yogurt, and cheese; meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nuts; and fats, oils, and sweets. The guide recommends the number of servings for each food group, and suggests that regular physical activity is an important part of nutritional health.

Food Guide Pyr·a·mid

(fūd gīd pir'ă-mid)
U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for sound nutrition that emphasize grains, vegetables, and fruits and downplay food sources high in animal protein, lipids, and dairy products.
Synonym(s): MyPyramid.
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Collected By the Food-Frequency Questionnaire Low High acculturation acculturation LAK n=23 HAK n=37 p Value Food Item Mean SD Mean SD Grain Group * 5.30 3.05 5.89 3.30 .485 Vegetable Group * 7.04 6.80 8.57 8.01 .434 Fruit Group * 3.87 5.21 4.68 6.16 .589 Dairy group * 2.30 3.20 2.46 2.56 .845 Meat Group * 5.04 6.46 6.46 6.10 .404 Average total # 23.60 21.25 28.05 21.71 .434 of servings * Based on the Food Guide Pyramid System.
Food Guide Pyramid. www.cnpp.usda.gov (Accessed July 2005).
Overall knowledge scores at preassessment and postassessment were calculated for food-appropriate Food Guide Pyramid food group from a 6-question cluster, food-nutrient association from a 5-question aggregate, and nutrient-job association from a 5-question cluster.
"If we are going to help Americans change their shapes, we should not focus on changing the shape of the Food Guide Pyramid," maintains Alison Kretser, the association's director of scientific and nutrition policy.
Less than half of the students (42%) correctly placed beans in the meat and alternates category of the US Department of Agriculture food guide pyramid (8).
Unlike the food guide pyramid, the Administration's reading guidelines have the power of law behind them.
One FoodLink product is the Food Guide Pyramid Servings database.
"Our pizza can be part of a well balanced meal with foods representing grains, dairy products, meats, fruits and vegetables, all part of the food guide pyramid," says Pizza Hut's Web site.
It will enable the manufacture of a broad range of snacks that conform to the Department of Agriculture's recommended "Food Guide Pyramid."
For example, students will explore food economics, labelling, and the assessment of nutrient quality of diets based on the Food Guide Pyramid, the a they will observe demonstrations and experiments that provide the basics to understanding the functional and structural properties of the components of foods.
"A serving is the amount recommended in consumer education materials such as the Food Guide Pyramid, while a portion is the amount of food you choose to eat at any one time--and that may be more or less than a serving.
Noting that fruit and vegetable consumption is an important component of a balanced diet consistent with the "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" and the Food Guide Pyramid, this report fulfills a request from the Appropriations Committee Directives to analyze current levels of fresh produce in Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutritional programs, including school lunch programs.