The Food Guide Pyramid

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The Food Guide Pyramid

The Food Guide Pyramid

All types of foods contain nutritional substances that our body needs to grow , be fit, move, think, read, correct any cell damage and in other words, live! These nutritional materials, which actually compose our body, are proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, salts, and of course water. In order to receive all the things our organism needs, we have to maintain a balanced diet so as to ensure that we are receiving all the nutritional substances we need to survive.

Food provides us with the necessary amount of “fuel” our body requires in order to perform all the necessary activities, like the beating of our heart, breathing, walking, exercising, etc. As the “fuels” are reduced, our body signals this lower levels of necessary substances and we feel hungry. By eating we again manage to balance the nutrients (fuels) we need in order to keep going and perform all the tasks we want with those we lost. This “fuel” quantity we need is measure with what it is known as calorie.

One should keep in mind though that the amount of food each person needs to consume every day is different from individual to individual. It depends on a number of factors, like a person’s age, sex, his/her volume, the type and level of exercise performed, even the climate of the area the person lives in. Apart from these factors, aging, pregnancy, sickness or development can affect the amount of calories one needs to take so as to keep the level of energy on the necessary levels.

The success of a sound diet plan is directly related to the quantities a person receives from each group of the nutritional substances. Specifically, a balanced diet is the one that is composed by 50-55 percent of carbohydrates, 25-30 percent of fats and 15-20 percent of proteins. One should not consider some foods healthier than others. What is the issue here is maintaining a balanced and healthy diet plan by consuming the right quantities, for the specific body structure and exercise level, out of all the different food varieties existing today.

The general rules one has to follow, in order to keep his body and mind healthy, are simple. The amount of food consumed, which is measured by the calories one receives, should not exceed the amount required to maintain a balanced weight. The diet plan followed has to offer all the necessary food ingredients according to the quantities suggested by the Food Guide Pyramid. The total amount of fat consumed should not exceed the 30 percent limit. Reducing the amount of salt and alcohol beverages one consumes would be considered wise. The balance diet does not include more than three cups of coffee on a daily basis. Of course, 55 percent of the total amount of calories consumed has to come from carbohydrates, such as bread, rise, fruits, vegetables, pulse, pasta and potatoes.

Food Pyramid

Filed Under (food pyramid) by admin on 04-08-2009

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Food Pyramid

Food Pyramid

Food Pyramid

Filed Under (food pyramid) by admin on 04-08-2009

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Food Pyramid

Food Pyramid

Food Pyramid

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Food Pyramid

Food Pyramid

New Food Pyramid

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New Food Pyramid

New Food Pyramid

Each and every one of us has been taught well by either our parents or our teachers to always eat and maintain a well-balanced diet. I remember when I was in elementary, my favorite teacher had done an excellent job of explaining to us and making us appreciate how important it is to based your diet on the food pyramid guide.

But did you know that there is a new one now?

It is important to be aware of the changes in the new food pyramid guide now so that you can share the right information to your future family. Among the so many changes that occurred to us over the years like the emergence for example of so many kinds of diet and diet products, knowing the new guide is considered the most important one.

To help you appreciate these changes, below are the 2 key points to simplify them.

1. Compared to the old food pyramid guide, the new guide is more specific in terms of servings and age. Though the old food guide did inform us of what a well-balanced diet must contain, it failed to differentiate the servings appropriate for everyone according to age. It just provided a general approach regardless of age whereas the new guide is definitely more accurate as it takes into consideration the person’s age, lifestyle, exercise, and goal – to lose or to gain weight.

2. The new guide is more aligned or in harmony with reality. With the old guide, it seems almost impossible to have a well-balanced diet as it gave an unclear picture with regard to the servings. The new food pyramid guide is divided now into 6 different colors representing a food category which makes it more attractive to children such as green for vegetables and yellow for oils and fats.

The Children’s Food Pyramid

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food pyramid

The children’s food pyramid is a lot more accessible for children because it explains things by using colors and geometric patterns. It also graphically explains things by the use of fat and thin. For instance on the children’s food-pyramid that are large sections for fruits and vegetables and grains. These sections start as being quite thick at the bottom of the pyramid and as you go up into the food-pyramid and up through the sections they become extremely thin. This is to say that although an Apple is good for you as a fruit, if you put it into a high with lots of sugar on then it will become less good for you so you should eat less of it.

The food-pyramid also encourages children to eat foods from the different colors. The children’s food-pyramid encourages children to eat foods from each of the food colors every day. It is hoped that with such graphical representations of nutrition that children will have a lot more understanding about the nature of nutrition, and that this nutritional advice will stick in a child’s mind much easier than the traditional food pyramid. It is also hoped that the children’s food-pyramid will help children to encourage their peers, and also the adult relations to make changes to incorporate good nutrition into their lives.

food pyramid

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food pyramid

food pyramid

The food pyramid, which is updated in the United States once every five years (the last update was in 2005) is basically a guide which tells you what your nutrition levels should be. The original food pyramid was first printed in 1992 to replace one of the oldest systems of food classification. Although the newer food pyramid is taking into account a lot more in terms of exactly what foods you should be eating it still has quite a bit of way to go till it is anyway perfect.

The unfortunate thing is that today we have more obesity in the Western world than ever before. People are eating rubbish food and not getting enough exercise. The food-pyramid is a basic synopsis of the daily intakes of all the different food types that you should be having. The new food pyramid also includes sections on the amount of exercise you should be taking.

For instance, the new food-pyramid tells you that you should have about 30 minutes a day of between moderate and vigorous exercise. It explains the difference between moderate exercise and vigorous exercise. One of the things that it promotes as moderate exercise is brisk walking, which it defines as walking at around 3 1/2 mph. One of the examples of vigorous physical exercise is walking very fast which it classifies as being over 4 1/2 miles per hour. You can also see food pyramids for children, food pyramids for vegetarians, even cultural food pyramids for different types of diet, for instance Chinese food pyramid.