Looking at the Pieces of the Pyramid
The Food Guide Pyramid emphasizes foods from the five major
food groups shown in the three lower sections of the Pyramid.
Each of these food groups provides some, but not all, of the
nutrients you need. Foods in one group can't replace those
in another. No one food group is more important than another
- for good health, you need them all.
The small tip of the Pyramid shows fats, oils, and sweets.
These are foods such as salad dressings and oils, cream, butter,
margarine, sugars, soft drinks, candies, and sweet desserts.
These foods provide calories and little else nutritionally.
Most people should use them sparingly.
The next level of the Food Guide Pyramid are two groups of
foods that come mostly from animals: milk, yogurt, cheese;
and meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nuts. These foods
are for protein, calcium, iron, and zinc.
The third level includes foods that come from plants - vegetables
and fruits. Most people need to eat more of these foods for
the vitamins, minerals, and fiber they supply.
At the base of the Food Guide Pyramid are breads, cereals,
rice, and pasta - all foods from grains. You need the servings
of these foods each day.
About the Food Pyramid
What is the Pyramid?