HEALTH and WELLNESS
The Food Guide Pyramid is a guideline for healthful eating. The pyramid is flexible enough for everyone. We don’t need specific foods for growth and health but we need specific nutrients that come from a lot of different foods.
Eating many different foods gives us energy and a lot of other nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, fat and different vitamins and minerals. So, try to eat at least the smallest amount of servings from each of the food groups as much as possible.
The milk, cheese and yogurt group provide protein, calcium and vitamin D which are all needed for strong bones, teeth and muscles. Milk, yogurt, cheese and pudding all fit into this section of the pyramid.
Calcium Supplements also supports lung functions.
Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dry beans and peas, nuts and seeds supply protein, iron, B vitamins and some minerals for strong muscles and healthy blood.
Breads, cereals, rice, pasta and other grain products are good source of complex carbohydrates, which give us the energy we need for our active lives. They also provide the B vitamins, iron, other minerals and fiber. Crackers, muffins, pancakes, grits, oatmeal and cereals are also found in this group.
Vegetables provide Vitamin A (beta carotene) and Vitamin C, complex carbohydrates and fiber. They also provide the B vitamins, calcium, potassium, and other minerals. Vegetables are needed to help us in the fight against many diseases including cancer.
Fruit supplies Vitamin A (beta carotene) and vitamin C, potassium and some other minerals to keep our skin, eyes and gums healthy. Fruit is also a good source of carbohydrate and fiber. Enjoy fruits for a nutritious, sweet snack.
What about snack foods that we all like to eat sometimes? Small amounts of candy, soft drinks, and other sweets can be eaten occasionally if you fill up on foods from the basic food groups first. But remember, these foods should not be eaten everyday. Try snacking on foods that come from each of the different food groups of the food pyramid.