D ifferent foods contain different nutrients and other healthful substances. No single food can supply all the nutrients in the amounts you need. For example, oranges provide vitamin C and folate but no vitamin B 12 ; cheese provides calcium and vitamin B 12 ; but no vitamin C. To make sure you get all the nutrients and other substances you need for health, build a healthy base by using the Food Guide Pyramid as a starting point.
safefood | The Food Pyramid
We respect your privacy. Ever wish there was a quick-reference guide to remind you of the basics of good nutrition and healthy eating? If it's tough for you to track how many grains, meats, fruits, veggies, and dairy products you need each day, just think back to the food groups or food pyramid that we learned about as kids. Department of Agriculture is new and improved, with even more great information to help everyone eat their way to good health. Figuring out the food groups has actually become a little easier in recent years. Vertical stripes replace the old blocks.
Healthy Eating Plate
The Healthy Eating Plate provides detailed guidance, in a simple format, to help people make the best eating choices. Use the Healthy Eating Plate as a guide for creating healthy, balanced meals—whether served on a plate or packed in a lunch box. Put a copy on the refrigerator as a daily reminder to create healthy, balanced meals!
The Tufts version is specifically designed for older adults and has changed in appearance and content. The Modified MyPyramid for Older Adults continues to emphasize nutrient-dense food choices and the importance of fluid balance, but has added additional guidance about forms of foods that could best meet the unique needs of older adults and about the importance of regular physical activity. Lichtenstein, D. Nevertheless, their bodies still require the same or higher levels of nutrients for optimal health outcomes. The Modified MyPyramid for Older Adults is intended to be used for general guidance in print form or as a supplement to the MyPyramid computer-based program.