The Food Guide Pyramid is a general guide that lets you choose a healthy diet that is right for you. The Pyramid calls for eating a variety of foods to get the nutrients you need and eating the right amount of calories to maintain a healthy weight. Most calories should come from the foods in the three lower sections of the Pyramid. Each of these groups provides some, but not all, of the nutrients you need. Foods in one group can not replace those in another. No one food group is more important than another. For good health, you need them all.
Text and image taken from
the New Americans project of the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.