MyPyramid Food Guidance System

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers the MyPyramid, an interactive food guidance system. MyPyramid, which replaces the Food Guide Pyramid introduced in 1992, is part of an overall food guidance system that emphasizes a more individualized approach to improving diet and lifestyle. The MyPyramid system builds on the positive recognition of the familiar Food Guide Pyramid, with more specific advice on how to implement the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The added emphasis on exercise and nutrient-dense choices within each food group, as well as nutrition advice tailored to personal calorie needs, are positive steps towards educating Americans on how to implement a healthful eating plan. The MyPyramid symbol represents the recommended proportion of foods from each food group and focuses on the importance of making smart food choices in every food group, every day. Physical activity is a new element in the symbol.

Lean pork is recognized as a nutritious choice in the Meat & Beans Group. In fact, the MyPyramid information identifies lean cuts of pork, such as chops and ham. Most Americans don’t realize that many pork cuts are as lean as skinless chicken – and a great source of high-quality protein. Protein provides a feeling of fullness at meals, which can help make you feel satisfied without overindulging at the dinner table. When shopping, make sure to look for lean sources of pork with the word “loin” in the name, such as pork tenderloin or loin chop.