1. The Food Pyramid, developed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), is an excellent tool to help you make healthy food choices. The food pyramid can help you choose from a variety of foods so you get the nutrients you need, and the suggested serving sizes can help you control the amount of calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar or sodium in your diet.
2. One advantage of using the Food Guide Pyramid is the ability to not be constrained to a specific food group. Another helpful advantage of the Food Guide Pyramid is the ability to just use servings as a general guideline. You do not have to actually measure out each serving of food that you eat throughout your diet, which is always helpful. If one follows the Food Guide Pyramid it is a great way to ensure that they are getting the correct daily intake from each of the food groups.
3. The Food Guide Pyramid has been a victim of criticism as well, some saying that it is too hard to follow and contains poorly defined categories and serving recommendations. According to many experts, the main failings of the USDA Food Guide Pyramid are an overemphasis on potatoes and other starches, and no effort to separate types of starches -- particularly "simple" or "refined" starches like white bread, rice, and pasta, from "complex" starches like brown rice and whole grains.
4. The recommended daily servings that I should consume are as follows:
Grain group: 11
Vegetable group: 5
Fruit group: 4
Meat group: 7 ounces
Total fat: 93 grams
Total added sugars: 18 teaspoons
5. My typical daily diet is somewhat off compared to the recommendations of the Food Guide Pyramid. I have a very active lifestyle and require close to 6 meals a...