By Rayan Kayssi
Does the new USDA Pyramid describe an optimal dietary pattern or was the older one better
I have been used to the older USDA food guide pyramid and the way it sets the standards for the different categories of food.
However, after seeing the updated one, I think that it actually fits more people and explains better the amount of food required from each category.
For example, the old food pyramid had the grains, bread, cereal, and pasta group at the bottom, as a base.
The person wouldn’t know how much of this category he is supposed to eat when compared to the other groups, because the base seems wide.
One, wouldn’t know how much he is supposed to eat from this category and how to add the other groups into it, unless he learns how to properly read the food pyramid.
However, with the new pyramid, everything extends from the bottom to the top of the pyramid.
So, one would know exactly how much he should eat from each category, because they are proportional:
(The Orange section is the bread, cereal, rice, and pasta category that used to be the bottom section of the earlier pyramid.)
The USDA also added a very important section to the pyramid, which is the exercise.
The stairs reminds the person of exercising regularly, which is a very important part of a healthy diet.
I definitely feel that the new USDA food guide pyramid describes the optimal dietary pattern.
It is well done, especially that they have 12 different types of this new pyramid to fit everyone.