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1 Review Date 2/11 G-1522 Making Sense of MyPyramid Using USDAs Food Guide as a Guide to Healthful Eating

2 Why Use MyPyramid? MyPyramid is a food guide that helps put the Dietary Guidelines for Americans into practice The Dietary Guidelines and MyPyramid work together to help Americans make healthy food choices

3 Dietary recommendations for health promotion and chronic disease prevention Based on Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report and public comments For policymakers and health professionals Available at: uidelines/ uidelines/ Update due 2010/2011 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

4 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (contd) Provide general health information based on scientific research Do not provide specific food intake guidelines Refer readers to specific food guides, such as MyPyramid, for information on food groups and serving sizes

5 The symbol belongs to the US Dept of Agriculture (USDA). History of USDAs Food Guidance System 1940s 1950s-1960s 1970s Food for Children 1916

6 The Original Food Guide Pyramid (1992) Young You Young g

7 (2005)

8 Message to Consumers: Variety In the Dietary Guidelines: Consume a variety of nutrient-dense foods and beverages within and among the basic food groups In MyPyramid graphic: Color bands represent that all food groups are needed each day for health

9 Food Groups Are Color-Coded

10 Benefits of MyPyramid Recommendations are based on a 2000-calorie diet, which is considered appropriate for most women Can individualize online to obtain portions based on your age, gender, and activity level



13 Grain Group Eat at least 3 ounces (oz) of whole-grain cereals, breads, or pasta every day 1 oz is about one slice of bread, 1 cup (C) of breakfast cereal, or ½ C of cooked rice, cereal, or pasta For a 2000-calorie diet, eat 6 oz every day

14 Vegetable Group Eat more dark-green vegetablesbroccoli, spinach, and other dark-leafy greens Consume more orange vegetablescarrots and sweet potatoes Include more dry beans and peaspinto beans, kidney beans, and lentils For a 2000-calorie diet, eat 2½ C every day

15 Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry Bake it, broil it, or grill it Vary your protein routinechoose more fish, beans, peas, nuts, and seeds For a 2000-calorie diet, eat 5½ oz every day Meat & Bean Group

16 Choose low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, and other milk products If you do not or cannot consume milk, choose lactose-free products or other calcium sources, such as fortified foods and beverages For a 2000-calorie diet, consume 3 C every day Milk Group

17 Eat a variety of fruit Choose fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruit Go easy on fruit juices For a 2000-calorie diet, eat 2 C every day Fruit Group

18 Get most of your fat sources from fish, nuts, and vegetable oils Limit solid fats (butter, stick margarine, shortening, and lard) and fried foods that contain these Check Nutrition Facts labels to keep saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium low Choose foods/beverages low in added sugars they contribute calories with few, if any, nutrients Know the Limits on Fats, Sugar, and Sodium

19 Stay within your daily calorie needs Keep physically active for 30 minutes most days of the week Know that you may need about 60 minutes a day of physical activity to prevent weight gain Understand that you may need 60–90 minutes of physical activity to sustain weight loss Help children and teens get 60 minutes of physical activity every day or most days Balance Between Food and Physical Exercise


21 Use MyPyramid To learn about the food groups To find out how much of different foods you should eat To help track your food intake online

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