The Food Guide Pyramid was initially introduced in 1992 to help Americans use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (USDA, 1992) as a basis to choose foods for a healthy diet. In addition to its uses by nutrition educators, teachers, and the media, it is commonly used by the food industry on food packaging, marketing materials, and advertising to show the contribution of specific food products to an overall healthy diet. The advance of nutrition research, evidence for the benefits of individualiz…

Fig. 1—USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid. From Food and Nutrition Information Center at the National Agricultural Library (www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/Fpyr/pyramid.html).

Fig. 2—The Mediterranean Pyramid. From Oldways (www.oldwayspt.org/index.html).

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