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food pyramid

n.
1. A graphic representation of the structure of a food chain, depicted as a pyramid having a broad base formed by producers and tapering to a point formed by end consumers. Between successive levels, total biomass decreases as energy is lost from the system.
2. A diagram representing the optimal number of servings to be eaten each day from each of the basic food groups. Also called diet pyramid.
A schematic guideline promulgated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for ratios of food types that should be consumed daily in a healthy diet; at the base of the pyramid are carbohydrates, followed by fruits and vegetables, dairy products (e.g., milk, yogurt, and cheese) and protein foods (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dry beans, nuts); at the pyramid’s peak are ‘discouraged’ foods, to be eaten sparingly (e.g., fats, oils, refined sugars)

food pyramid

Nutrition A schematic guideline for ratios of food types that should be consumed daily in a healthy diet; at the base of the pyramid are carbohydrates, followed by fruits and vegetables, dairy products, protein foods; at the pyramid's peak are 'discouraged' foods, to be eaten sparingly–eg, fats, oils, refined sugars. Cf Fast food, Four food groups, Exercise pyramid, Five food groups, Mediterranean pyramid.
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