Most everyone is familiar with the old Food Guide Pyramid right? Well, the United States Department of Agriculture, specifically The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, is the organization that designed the Food Guide Pyramid. Their objective is two-fold: to advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans and, to conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics. In support of those objectives, the CNPP produces products such as Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPyramid Food Guidance System, Healthy Eating Index, etc.
The old Food Guide Pyramid was criticized for being outdated and failing to accommodate everyone. So it got a makeover! The updated version, the MyPyramid Food Guidance System, is available at www.mypyramid.gov and not only offers a general guide to healthy eating but provides PERSONALIZED plans for individuals. It comes with lots of interactive tools such as menu planners and food trackers. Many of us pay for services that offer these tools but why not use the resources provided by the agency who sets the nutrition guidelines in the first place? And its FREE!
I went on the site to get my own personalized food guide. It’s so easy…you enter your demographic information (age, sex, weight, height) and click submit. The plan lets you know if your weight is in or above the healthy range. You then click on the food plan you’d like to have – one to maintain your current weight or another to work towards a healthier weight. Once your plan is generated, it breaks down how many servings of each food group you need in order to reach your nutrition goals. It’s not an average for all Americans, it’s tailored specifically for you based on the demographic information you provided.
I think this is a great resource and bookmarked the webpage. Those of you serious about nutrition, your diet and maintaining a healthy weight should do the same.
“MyPyramid.gov”. United States Department of Agriculture. 8/30/2010 <http://www.mypyramid.gov/index.html>.