There’s not just one but many individualized routes to eating well and living healthy. That’s the key message behind MyPyramid, an interactive food guidance system introduced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in April of 2005. The customizable MyPyramid replaces the familiar one-size-fits-all Food Guide Pyramid released in 1992.
MyPyramid consists of six vertical color bands, one for each of the five food groups(grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat & beans) and a sixth razor-thin band, added to represent oils. For the first time, the MyPyramid emphasizes the connection between regular exercise and good health. An illustration of a person climbing steps along the left flank of MyPyramid speaks to the need for frequent physical activity.
Unlike its predecessor, MyPyramid does not include specific portion sizes. Instead consumers are encouraged to take a personalized approach to healthy eating, deciding which foods and how much to eat based on three considerations: age, sex< and level of physical activity. At MyPyramid.gov anyone can use these three criteria to call up a customized pyramid, one of 12 pre-designed versions, that includes portion recommendations for each food group.
Kraft Products and the Guidelines
MyPyramid incorporates recommendations from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The guidelines describe a healthy diet as one that emphasizes whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Kraft Foodservice helps operators meet increased demand for whole grains with favorites such as Nabisco crackers.Nutrient- and vitamin-rich nuts and seeds marketed under the Planters brand help customers to vary their daily protein intake.
For more information on MyPyramid and the government’s 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, click here.