USDA Food Guidance Pyramid


The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), released this new food pyramid in April 2005 replacing the old food pyramid that had been in place since 1992.

This new pyramid moves from the one-pyramid-fits-all approach, the method of the previous pyramid, to more personalized guidance based on factors such as age, sex, height, weight and physical activity. Below is a basic introduction to the new pyramid's color coded system and helpful links for more information.

Orange is for Grains

Grains are divided into 2 subgroups, whole grains and refined grains. You should eat at least 3 ounces of whole grain bread, cereal, crackers, rice, or pasta every day. Look for the "whole" before the grain name on the list of ingredients. Click here for more information.

Green is for Vegetables

Vegetables are organized into 5 subgroups that include dark green, orange, starchy, other vegetables and dry beans and peas. You should more dark green vegetables, orange vegetables and dry beans and peas. Click here for more information.

Red is for Fruits

You should eat a variety of fruits and do not drink too much fruit juice. Click here for more information.

Yellow is for Oils & Fats

Limit your use of solid fats like butter, shortening and lard. Make most of your fat sources from fish, nuts, and vegetable oils. Click here for more information.

Blue is for Milk

Most milk group choices should be fat-free or low-fat. Click here for more information.

Purple is for Meat & Beans

Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry. Either bake it, broil it or grill it, seldom fry it. Also, vary your choices - with more fish, beans, peas, nuts, and seeds. Click here for more information.

Links


MyPyramid.gov
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion