With so many diet options and plans available, it can be confusing to determine what makes up a healthy diet. The Food Pyramid is one tool that helps to provide reliable dietary information.
The Food Pyramid breaks down the types of food into five categories. These include fruits, vegetables, grains, oils and meats and beans. It also defines the types of nutrients found in each.
By knowing the nutrients in foods, you can determine how much of each type of food to eat and in what quantity each day. This is helpful when determining a healthy diet plan.
Knowing what is healthy to eat is essential in reducing the chance of becoming obese. According to Healthy Americans.org, at least 30 percent of the children in 30 states are considered obese.
Since the Food Pyramid provides specific dietary guidelines, it is useful as an educational tool. Both parents and teachers can train children to develop proper eating habits at an early age, which can help prevent childhood obesity.
The online version of the Food Pyramid contains access to valuable tools such as menu planners and diet trackers. (See the Pyramid Tracker resource below.) These can help consumers develop and stick to a healthy diet.