My Pyramid Basics and Dietary Guidelines. Anatomy of My Pyramid. Activity Activity is represented by the steps and the person climbing them, as a reminder of the importance of daily physical activity.
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ActivityActivity is represented by the steps and the person climbing them, as a reminder of the importance of daily physical activity.
ModerationModeration is represented by the narrowing of each food group from bottom to top. The wider base stands for foods with little or no solid fats or added sugars. These should be selected more often. The narrower top area stands for foods containing more added sugars and solid fats. The more active you are, the more of these foods can fit into your diet.
PersonalizationPersonalization is shown by the person on the steps, the slogan, and the URL. Find the kinds of amounts of food to eat each day at MyPyramid.gov
ProportionalityProportionality is shown by the different widths of the food group bands. The widths suggest how much food a person should choose from each group. The widths are just a general guide, not exact proportions. Check the Web site for how much is right for you.
VarietyVariety is symbolized by the 6 color bands representing the 5 food groups of the
Pyramid and oils. This illustrates that foods from all groups are needed each day
for good health.
Gradual ImprovementGradual improvement is encouraged by the slogan. It suggests that individuals can
benefit from taking small steps to improve their diet and lifestyle each day.
of whole grains each day
and orange vegetables,
eat more dry beans
go easy on juices
fat free, it you can’t
consume milk, choose
other calcium sources
meats, bake, broil or grill.
accounting for the calories
needed for all the food groups.
These can be used up with
poor food choices in the
pyramid or saved for a
60-90 minutes of physical activity
be physically active for 60 minutes
Fat: No more than 30%
Protein: 10-15 %
Average American eats too much fat, sugar, calories & sodium
Average American doesn’t eat enough fiber.
What does a serving size look like?
A huge bag of Ruffles is helping you get through your science homework. You polish off about ½ a bag or 50 chips. How many servings of chips have you just eaten?
c.A paperback book
in a serving?
What can too much salt/sodium
do to your body?
Can cause high blood
pressure and heart disease.
Where does it hide?
In prepared foods (frozen,