Essay: The Food Guide Pyramid
The Food Guide Pyramid was formed in the year 1992 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was meant to help the American citizens in selecting the best diets to feed on. Professionals who are in the Agriculture department designed the pyramid and they came up with based and helpful arguments although there are some guidelines, which need revision since they do not offer reasons as to why they are as they are. The Food and Drug Administration released the revised form of this food guide in 2000 (Roache, 2000).
Although, they did not get it right because they emphasized more on carbohydrate consumption and less fat, they had better guidelines than those proposed earlier in 1995. In 2005, United States Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services have also been involved in the revision of the Food Guide Pyramid with emphasis on calories (Dairy Council of California, 2009).
There are six food groups shown in the food guideline, together with number of servings recommended for each and the role the nutrients play. These groups are as follows;
- orange color to represent the grains known as carbohydrates
- green color for vegetables
- red for the fruits
- yellow color for fats and oils
- blue color for milk and dairy products
- purple color for meat, beans, fish, and nuts or the proteins group