Print versions of the USDA's new food pyramid, MyPyramid, offer
little or no specific information. The Web version, MyPyramid.gov, at least explains
what the stripes mean. Your best bet is to start with "Inside the
The pyramid is supposed to be a direct translation of the
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which is updated every five
An alternative to the USDA's pyramid is one developed by Dr.
Walter Willett and his colleagues at the Harvard School of Public
Heath. The Healthy Eating Pyramid is based on the best science
available. It is described in his book,
Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, which also gives the scientific
basis for each of the Healthy Eating Pyramid's building blocks.
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