2005 Food Pyramid
Over the past several decades, the US government has designed a food pyramid
to serve as a guide for our needs within the basic food groups. Traditionally,
grains, pastas, and breads were supposed to be the forerunners in all of
our diets. Fortunately, the government has finally recognized that everyone
is different, and therefore our food needs are different as well.
food pyramid has been established to give people a more individual and
customized guide to what their nutritional needs should be. Many factors
are taken into account before giving someone their particular pyramid.
Things such as weight, height, age, and gender are some of the criteria
that are considered for the 2005 food pyramid.
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Of course, the 2005 food pyramid still focuses on healthy eating. The
government has advised that whole grains, fruits, proteins, and vegetables
should still remain part of your daily diet. However, the amount of each
of these categories (otherwise known as the number of servings per day)
will vary depending upon a person's specific needs. The United States Department
of Agriculture has developed a special website where people may log on
and enter in their information to get a specified food pyramid that will
fit their requirements. There are also tips, advice, and resources to help
educate people about their intake needs. Sample menus and diet ideas are
The 2005 food pyramid recognizes the importance of nutrition
education, and the concept that each human being has very different nutritional
needs. While most of us know what we should be eating on a daily basis,
the new food pyramid may be able to help us get a better, more clear idea
of our dietary needs. It is important to remember that this information
is not all-inclusive, and your results and reactions will vary. If you
have any questions about the new food pyramid, it is recommended that you
talk to your doctor for more information or advice on healthy eating.