1. Consume a variety of foods within and among the basic food groups while staying within energy needs.
2. Control calorie intake to manage body weight.
3. Be physically active every day.
4. Increase daily intake of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and nonfat or low-fat milk and milk products.
5. Choose fats wisely for good health.
6. Choose carbohydrates wisely for good health.
7. Choose and prepare foods with little salt.
8. If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.
9. Keep food safe to eat.
Source: 2005 Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
Now tell me something I didn’t know….I wonder how much we spent on this study?
Can’t wait to see the new food pyramid (they say it will be in the shape of a plate) and one article stated, ” The federal guidelines, updated in January, recommend eating up to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day” Now tell me- who ate the old recommended 5 a day?
To overhaul its famous food pyramid, the Agriculture Department (USDA) has brought in top PR firm, at a cost of $2.5 million. The revised version of the pyramid will feature prominent corporate logos in place of the old cartoon images of eggs, bread and meat (Critics note that most of the companies included on the new pyramid have made sizeable donations to either the Bush reelection campaign, or to the committee that sponsored the President’s inaugural celebration).
The pyramid was designed only as a graphic to accompany a booklet. That’s all its purpose was. It works fine – except for the fact that people ignore it.