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Food Pyramids. What Are Food Pyramids?. Tools Used by dieticians, nutritionists, lay public Visual guides used to evaluate food intake Variety of pyramids available Culture Health issues Special Interests Not only means for nutrition assessment. Food Pyramid Shape. Pyramid Base

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What are food pyramids
What Are Food Pyramids?

  • Tools

    • Used by dieticians, nutritionists, lay public

    • Visual guides used to evaluate food intake

    • Variety of pyramids available

      • Culture

      • Health issues

      • Special Interests

    • Not only means for nutrition assessment


Food pyramid shape
Food Pyramid Shape

  • Pyramid Base

    • Larger area of pyramid

    • Represents foods we should consume more frequently

  • Pyramid Top

    • Small area of pyramid

    • Represents foods we should consume less frequently


Vegetarian food pyramid
Vegetarian Food Pyramid

  • Similar to old USDA food pyramid

  • No meat

  • Legume, Nut, Seed and Meaat Alternative Group


Vegan food pyramid
Vegan Food Pyramid

  • No animal-based foods included

  • Water included


Healthy eating pyramid
Healthy Eating Pyramid

  • Emphasis on whole grains, plant oils, vegetables, fruits

  • Exercise and weight control included

  • Multivitamin supplements

  • Alcohol intake

  • Meat, processed grains, sweets at top of pyramid


Asian food pyramid
Asian Food Pyramid

  • Physical activity

  • Water, tea consumption

  • No serving number recommendations

  • Serving regularity recommendations

    • Daily

    • Optional daily

    • Weekly

    • Monthly


Latin food pyramid
Latin Food Pyramid

  • Physical activity

  • Water, alcohol consumption

  • No serving number recommendations

  • Serving regularity recommendations

    • At every meal

    • Daily

    • Weekly


Mediterranean food pyramid
Mediterranean Food Pyramid

  • Physical activity

  • Water and wine consumption

  • No serving number recommendations

  • Serving regularity recommendations

    • Daily

    • Weekly

    • Monthly



Food pyramids from specific places
Food Pyramids from Specific Places

  • Okinawa Diet

  • Italian Food Pyramid

  • Irish Food Pyramid

  • Thai Food Pyramid


Special interest health issue pyramids
Special Interest/Health Issue Pyramids

  • The Zone Pyramid

  • Atkins Food Pyramid

  • Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid

  • Tufts Pyramid for Mature Adults

  • American Yoga Association Pyramid

  • Anti-Aging Diet

  • Anti-Inflammatory Pyramid


Food pyramids conclusions
Food Pyramids - Conclusions

  • What are commonalities among pyramids?

  • Differences?

  • Advantages?

  • Disadvantages?


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