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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MyPyramid.gov: Assessment of Literacy, Cultural and Linguistic Factors in the USDA Food Pyramid Web Site.
After the epidemic of obesity in America and the failures of the USDA's 2005 MyPyramid, the USDA produced MyPlate in 2011 to change eating habits for better health.
This group includes all types of dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt; but, an addition to this group, from the old food guide is calcium fortified soy beverages (which was considered a vegetable in the MyPyramid food guide).
The USDA launched the new generation icon titled, MyPlate, on June 2, 2011, abandoning the former MyPyramid as the primary nutrition education tool for Americans.
This new icon replaces the existing MyPyramid tool as the consumer-facing educational graphic supporting the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) released in January 2011.
Q.: MyPyramid was the first guide to mention physical exercise as a part of a healthy lifestyle and diet.
Remind students of the components of a healthy diet by visiting mypyramid.gov.
Moreover, less than half (49 percent) of American adults were familiar with the USDA's MyPyramid program - an interactive food guidance system based on the guidelines.
The animal-advocacy group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has filed suit against the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services, saying they're ignoring a healthier vegetarian alternative to the national MyPyramid nutritional tool.
The group charged that the departments violated federal law by failing to respond to a petition from the group offering "a simple, plant-based alternative to MyPyramid." The petition notes that obesity and diabetes rates have skyrocketed since the food pyramid was introduced 2 decades ago.
For example, MyPyramid relies on an interactive web site and graphics that enable adolescents to increase their nutritional knowledge (U.S.
However, "MyPyramid Tracker" (http:// www.mypyramid.gov) is an adequate online resource that can walk students and educators through interactive tutorials such as "Assessing Food Intake" and "Assessing Physical Activity," providing the background information that will enable students to get the most out of this project.