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MyPyramid: The USDA Gets Personal

Remember the food pyramid? You know the one that we were all taught was so important for us in grade school even though it really made absolutely zero sense? Well the food pyramid has had a bit of a face-lift and I must say, it's about time!

The new pyramid features vertical bands (rather than the old horizontal ones) in six different colors to represent different food groups and types. Orange equals grains, green is for vegetables, red is for fruits, blue represents dairy, purple is meat and beans and yellow stands for oils. There is a drawing of a person climbing a set of steps (Steps to a Healthier You) on the side of the pyramid, which is meant to show that physical activity is important to health as well as eating right.

One huge change (for me at least) is that the measurements are now measured in cups instead of servings. Most of us know what a cup is, but a serving is so vague. The new pyramid is a lot more personal and user friendly than the previous pyramid. By visiting MyPyramid.gov you can plug in your stats and get your own nutrition plan. Pretty cool and definitely a change from the one-size-fits-all pyramid from the days of yore.

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scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I went to the website a while back and it could be so helpful and just really isn't. The new pyramid is a great idea, but they need to make the web site friendlier I think.
ash_marisa ash_marisa 10 years
the 2200 cals a diet is asusming you have an active lifestyle. If you are very active, then you obviously need the 2200 calories a day. If you are dieting or are not as active, obviosuly less more accurate.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
humm -- where did you see the amount of calories you should have?
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
I'm not going to follow this. It says I should be eating 2,200 calories a day. I don't think so.
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