MyPyramid replaces the old Food Guide Pyramid. It is a consumer-friendly guide to help all healthy people over 2 years of age make healthful food choices. It is meant to be flexible and easy to use. MyPyramid still uses the same basic food groups, but it is unique in that it is based on your age, gender, and activity level. The previous food guide pyramid provided us with ranges of servings we should be eating from each food group. MyPyramid tells us exactly how much of each food group we should be eating in easy-to-understand measurements.
MyPyramid is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 and represents the most current scientific information about diet and physical activity. The Dietary Guidelines answer the questions:What should Americans eat, how should we prepare our food to keep it safe and wholesome, and how should we be active to be healthy? The guidelines are designed to help individuals choose diets that will meet nutrient requirements, promote health, support active lives, and reduce the risks of chronic disease. The Dietary Guidelines are the foundation of My Pyramid.
No. It is not a prescribed diet but a suggested pattern of eating that will promote good health and help prevent the chance of developing a chronic disease later in life.
In this lesson, you will:
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II. My Pyramid: Basics
III. My Pyramid: Inside the Pyramid
IV. Healthy Weight and Physical Activity