Presentation on theme: "Using USDA’s Food Guide as a Guide to Healthful Eating"— Presentation transcript:
1 Using USDA’s Food Guide as a Guide to Healthful Eating Making Sense of MyPyramidUsing USDA’s Food Guide as a Guide to Healthful EatingNote to presenter: You may need to make changes to this presentation to reflect changes in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans with the 2010 release of this document.Review Date 2/11 G-1522
2 Why Use MyPyramid?MyPyramid is a food guide that helps put the Dietary Guidelines for Americans into practiceThe Dietary Guidelines and MyPyramid work together to help Americans make healthy food choices
3 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Dietary recommendations for health promotion and chronic disease preventionBased on Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report and public commentsFor policymakers and health professionalsAvailable at:Update due 2010/2011Note to presenter: Go to Web site to download copy of 2010 guidelines after publication to replace picture of 2005 dietary guidelines.
4 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (cont’d) Provide general health information based on scientific researchDo not provide specific food intake guidelinesRefer readers to specific food guides, such as MyPyramid, for information on food groups and serving sizes
5 History of USDA’s Food Guidance System Food for Children199219161940s1970s20051950s-1960sThe MyPyramid.gov symbol belongs to the US Dept of Agriculture (USDA).
6 The Original Food Guide Pyramid (1992) Young You Young gThe original pyramid was revolutionary, giving nutrition professionals a clear way to teach consumers about food groups and portion sizes.
8 Message to Consumers: Variety In the Dietary Guidelines:Consume a variety of nutrient-dense foods and beverages within and among the basic food groupsIn MyPyramid graphic:Color bands represent that all food groups are needed each day for health
10 Benefits of MyPyramidRecommendations are based on a calorie diet, which is considered appropriate for most womenCan individualize online to obtain portions based on your age, gender, and activity level
11 This is an example of a downloadable handout on MyPyramid.gov.
13 Grain GroupEat at least 3 ounces (oz) of whole-grain cereals, breads, or pasta every day1 oz is about one slice of bread, 1 cup (C) of breakfast cereal, or ½ C of cooked rice, cereal, or pastaFor a 2000-calorie diet, eat 6 oz every day
14 Vegetable GroupEat more dark-green vegetables—broccoli, spinach, and other dark-leafy greensConsume more orange vegetables—carrots and sweet potatoesInclude more dry beans and peas—pinto beans, kidney beans, and lentilsFor a 2000-calorie diet, eat 2½ C every day
15 Meat & Bean Group Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry Bake it, broil it, or grill itVary your protein routine—choose more fish, beans, peas, nuts, and seedsFor a 2000-calorie diet, eat 5½ oz every day
16 Milk GroupChoose low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, and other milk productsIf you do not or cannot consume milk, choose lactose-free products or other calcium sources, such as fortified foods and beveragesFor a 2000-calorie diet, consume 3 C every day
17 Fruit Group Eat a variety of fruit Choose fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruitGo easy on fruit juicesFor a 2000-calorie diet, eat 2 C every day
18 Know the Limits on Fats, Sugar, and Sodium Get most of your fat sources from fish, nuts, and vegetable oilsLimit solid fats (butter, stick margarine, shortening, and lard) and fried foods that contain theseCheck Nutrition Facts labels to keep saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium lowChoose foods/beverages low in added sugars—they contribute calories with few, if any, nutrients
19 Balance Between Food and Physical Exercise Stay within your daily calorie needsKeep physically active for 30 minutes most days of the weekKnow that you may need about 60 minutes a day of physical activity to prevent weight gainUnderstand that you may need 60–90 minutes of physical activity to sustain weight lossHelp children and teens get 60 minutes of physical activity every day or most days
20 Visit to get the portions of the different foods groups specific to your age, gender, and activity level. MyPyramid tracker allows you to track your food intake and physical activity.
21 Use MyPyramid To learn about the food groups To find out how much of different foods you should eatTo help track your food intake online