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A History of Nutrition in Images

In 2005, the USDA updated the food pyramid with a more abstract image, called MyPyramid. MyPyramid focused on five main food groups, represented by vertical bars reaching towards the top of the triangle, and a slim sixth band representing oils. The addition of a figure climbing MyPyramid was intended to emphasize the importance of physical activity.

MyPyramid was often shown without the inclusion of the foods at the base shown here. Some criticized the image for being too complex, and for trying to convey concepts that were too abstract. For example, having all the bands reaching from top to bottom was intended to represent the importance of having variety in your diet, while the fact that the bands narrowed at the top was intended to represent portion control.

Source: MyPyramid Getting Started. Image via Wikipedia.

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