The food pyramid is a visual aid that shows the major food groups and number of servings a typical healthy person should have of each every day. It is often used to teach children about nutrition in health classes, but adults should be familiar with it as well
grains, fruits and vegetables
The bottom level of the pyramid represents the grain category and the highest number of daily servings, 6 to 11 years. Grains include breads, cereals, pasta and oats. Over grain on the pyramid are vegetables and fruits, with a recommended three to five servings and 3:58, respectively.
Dairy and meat
Over fruit and vegetables, the dairy and meat categories. The pyramid recommends 2:58 servings of dairy per day. Examples include milk, cheese and yogurt. Two to three servings of meat are also recommended (including beans and eggs).
Top of the pyramid represents fats, oils and sugar. The body requires a certain amount of these ingredients, but they should not be consumed in excess.
Teaching Children About Nutrition
One of the most common uses of the food pyramid teaches young children about the importance of a balanced diet. The visual representation and accurate measurements serves make food pyramid easy to understand for almost all age groups.
Nutrition Planning for adults and families
The food pyramid is not only a useful tool for children. Adults can use it to plan for a balanced diet for themselves and their families. USDA Reference below for more explanation about the food pyramid, as well as useful tips and tools, including a printable nutritional tracking guide.