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The Healthy Diet Pyramid for a Healthy Life E-mail
Written by Jeff Behar, MS, MBA   
What is the Healthy Diet Pyramid?

The Healthy Diet Pyramid is the diet developed by the USDA to satisfy the nutritional requirements of most Americans.

  • 0-3 servings (use sparingly) fats, oils, sweets
  • 2-3 servings (6 - 9 ounces) meat/protein
  • 2-3 servings dairy
  • 2-4 servings fruit 
  • 3-5 servings vegetables
  • 6-11 servings bread/starch

The Pyramid calls for eating a variety of foods to get the nutrients you need and at the same time the right amount of calories to maintain or improve your weight.
The Pyramid also focuses on fat because most diets are too high in fat, especially saturated fat.

The Pyramid will help you choose what and how much to eat from each food group to get the nutrients you need and not too many calories, or too much fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar, sodium, or alcohol.

Following the Pyramid will help you keep your intake of total fat and saturated fat low. A diet low in fat will reduce your chances of getting certain diseases and help you maintain a healthy weight

 


 

 
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