‘My Pyramid’ was made public by the USDA on April 19th 2005 – and was effective till June 2 2011, after the USDA’s ‘My Plate’ replaced it. The icon on My Pyramid laid emphasis on physical activity and self-control alongside an appropriate combination of food groups in one’s diet.
- This system was quite thorough; people were urged to check out My Pyramid website for exclusive personalized nutrition guidance.
- My Pyramid featured 2 main changes from its predecessors – for one thing it showed a person climbing stairs; emphasizing the importance of physical activity and for another, it measured quantities in cups and ounces whereas it used to use ‘servings’.
- My Pyramid contains eight divisions. From left to right on the pyramid are a person and six food groups.
This is represented by a person climbing on the stairs, to illustrate moderate physical activity everyday to usual activity.
This suggests half of the grains you eat should be whole grains.
Particularly, dark green vegetables, orange vegetables, dry beans and peas.
It gives more importance to eating whole fruits rather than fruit juice.
Urges to eat oils from fish, nuts and vegetable sources.
A group that consists of fluid milk and many other milk by-products, Low fat versions can be incorporated according to the specific medical condition.
Meat and Beans:
This priority is on light and lean meats such as fish, in addition to beans, peas , nuts and seeds.
One more category of “discretionary calories” represented by a narrow tip of each colored band, includes items such as candy, alcohol or any other additional food.