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The Food Guide Pyramid


The Food Guide Pyramid was developed to translate nutrition recommendations into a food selection guide. The design highlights the importance of plant foods at the base of a healthy diet. The number of servings recommended from other groups decreases as you move from bottom to top. This message is relevant to good health diets: grains, fruit and vegetables should be emphasized and menus should be low in fat and high in plant foods. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding can follow the pyramid as a general guide, but increase servings of milk or other calcium rich foods and increase calories overall. Avoiding alcohol is also very important during pregnancy.

Cultural Variations to the Food Pyramid

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