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The Food Guide Pyramid. Meg Sundseth May 2002. So what is this Food Pyramid? (Click on the button that you think fits best). An Egyptian refrigerator. A stack of Tater Tots. It’s a guide that helps us choose healthy foods. Nope try again.

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The food guide pyramid

The Food Guide Pyramid

Meg Sundseth

May 2002


So what is this food pyramid click on the button that you think fits best
So what is this Food Pyramid?(Click on the button that you think fits best)

  • An Egyptian refrigerator.

A stack of Tater Tots.

It’s a guide that helps us choose healthy foods.




You re right
You’re right!!!

  • This is what it looks like. You can click on it for a bigger view.

  • It’s a guide that helps us make healthy food choices.

  • It tells us all the food groups our bodies need and how many servings of each group we need.

From USDA


So, why is it shaped like a pyramid?

The base or the bottom of the pyramid is the grain, cereal and bread group. We need 6 to 11 servings of this group. The most of any of them. If you were to make a pyramid out of Tater Tots you would put the most on the bottom to support all the rest.

From USDA


The next layer up is the fruits and vegetables group.You need 2 to 4 servings of the fruits and 3 to 5 servings of the vegetables.

From USDA


The next layer is the dairy and the protein groups. We need 2 to 3 servings a day of the dairy group and 2 to 3 servings of the protein group.

From USDA


The tip-top of the pyramid is the sugar,fats, and salt group. Guess what? We don’t need to make choices for that group because if we eat foods from the other groups we get all the fats, sugars and salt our bodies need.

But that’s the fun group!!!

If you eat a little bit from this group it’s okay but concentrate on getting foods from the other groups.

From USDA


The shape of the Pyramid is balanced. If we make the best food choices our diets will be balanced, which means our health will be balanced.

From Healthy Kid’s Challenge From Healthy Kid’s Challenge


If you built a pyramid and take out a few pieces in the middle or build it with the smallest part on the bottom, what will happen?

All of a sudden, it would come tumbling down!!


Our bodies don t come tumbling down but little things might happen like
Our bodies don’t come tumbling down, but little things might happen like:

  • Maybe you’re too tired to do your work at school,

  • You’re cranky,

  • Cuts and injuries might take longer to heal,

  • Or it takes longer to get over a cold.

From Barry’s ClipArt


In the long run if we don’t choose a healthy diet we have a greater chance of getting some bad diseases like:

  • Heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • Obesity

From Barry’s ClipArt


Our bodies are unique, complicated machines. Food is our fuel. It gives us energy, vitamins, minerals, and special compounds or nutrients that keep us running smoothly.

From Barry’s ClipArt


Each group on the Pyramid contains certain nutrients. If we eat foods from each group we’ll be sure to get all the nutrients we need.

From Barry’s ClipArt


You may have seen some of those nutrients on the labels of some of the foods you have eaten. Some are:

  • protein

  • carbohydrates

  • iron

  • vitamin C

  • calcium

  • cholesterol

Click on the bowl of fruit to see a couple of food labels.

From Barry’s ClipArt


There’s a lot to know about food and nutrition. Knowing about the Food Guide Pyramid gives you a good start at having a balanced diet and living a healthy life style.


Now that you know so much about the Food Pyramid click on the Food Pyramid to find more facts about food and nutrition.

From Healthy Kid’s Challenge


Bibliography
Bibliography the Food Pyramid to find more facts about food and nutrition.

  • Food and Nutritional Information Center. (1995, December). Eat a variety of foods, cereal label. The interactive Food Guide Pyramid. Retrieved May 2, 2002 from the World Wide Web: (http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/dga/dga95/fig02.html).

  • Food and Nutritional Information Center. Large image of the Food Guide Pyramid with labels. Retrieved May 2, 2002 from the World Wide Web: (http://www.nalusda.gov/fnic/Fpyr/pyramid.gif).

  • Healthy Kids Challenge. (2001, July). Kids and families. Retrieved May 2, 2002 from the world Wide Web (http://www.healthykidschallenge.com/funforkids.html#).

  • Sundseth, M. (2002, May). Hunt for facts about nutrition. (http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/listnutritiome2.html).


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