Food Pyramid

Essay by EssaySwap ContributorHigh School, 12th grade February 2008

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The Food pyramid was designed as an easy way to show groups of food and how many servings should be eaten. This helps you keep a healthy diet and keep your body in shape. The pyramid shape helps to explain the different amounts of the groups that are needed. Most children need to eat the smaller serving size because they smaller than adults. Children who are in sports should have more then the smaller number because their body will need more energy to participate.

Bread group -bottom of pyramid -need most of -get source of carbohydrates -body uses it as major energy source -also get vitamin B and iron Example Count as 1 serving each -one slice of bread -1/2 cup of cooked rice or paste -1/2 cup of cooked cereal -1 ounce of cold cereal (cup of dry) -1/2 bagel(small) of English muffin (NY bagel 4-5servings of bread) Vegetable group -toward bottom of pyramid -important part of diet -lots of vitamins and minerals -carrot and spinach vitamin A -tomatoes and cauliflower vitamin C -provides carbohydrates and fiber -fiber helps digestive system Example Count as 1 serving each -1/2 cup of chopped veggies(cooked) -1 cup raw veggies -3/4 cup veggie juice Fruit group -near bottom -important -provides lots of vitamins -keep you feeling good and looking good -vitamin C and A are in a lot of them -good source of carbs and fiber Example Count as 1 serving each -1 medium-sized apple, banana, or orange -1/2 cup cooked or canned fruit -1/2 cup of fruit juice (real fruit better than juice) Milk group -high on pyramid -don?t need a lot -provide calcium and protein -helps grow strong bones -important when child Example Count as 1 serving each -1 cup of milk -1 cup of yogurt -1 ½ - 2 ounces...