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Why bother with the Food Pyramid?

Posted Jan 15 2009 7:49pm
Because it's pretty?

Not seriously. Because it can help you wade through all that crazy nutritional information that flies at you all the time.

The food pyramid was updated in 2005 to reflect the newest dietary guidelines and to provide a more personalized system. In the newer MyPyramid system, food groups are represented by vertical stripes. Groups needed in the largest amounts are represented by the wider stripes and those needed in smaller amounts are represented by thinner stripes. Within each food group there are choices that should be eaten more often and those that should be chosen less often. This is represented by the food group stripes being wider at the bottom of the pyramid than at the top. In addition to suggestions for a balanced diet, MyPyramid encourages at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity represented by the figure climbing the steps of the pyramid.

How Much Do I Need?

Eating a balanced diet means eating a variety of foods from each food group. This seems simple, but it can be difficult to know just what you need and how much of it is right for you. Use the table below to see about how much is appropriate from each food group based on how many overall calories you eat in a day.

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