What's in this booklet for me?
his booklet introduces you to USDA's
Food Guide Pyramid. The Pyramid illus-
trates USDA's research-based food guid-
ance system. It goes beyond the “basic
four food groups” to help you put the Dietary Guide-
lines into action.
The Pyramid is based on USDA's research on what
foods Americans eat, what nutrients are in these foods,
and how to make the best food choices for you.
The Pyramid and this booklet will help you choose
what and how much to eat from each food group to get
the nutrients you need and not too many calories, or too
much fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar, sodium, or
The Pyramid focuses on fat because most Americans'
diets are too high in fat. Following the Pyramid will help
you keep your intake of total fat and saturated fat low.
A diet low in fat will reduce your chances of getting cer-
tain diseases and help you maintain a healthy weight.
This booklet will also help you learn how to spot
and control the sugars and salt in your diet, and make
lower sugar and salt choices.