Nutrient and calorie needs vary from person to person depending on age, gender, body size, body composition, level of physical activity, and many other conditions. To understand how best to meet these needs, it’s helpful to group foods according to the nutrients they provide.
A food pyramid (see Figure 5.1) is one way to visualize how each food group contributes to your daily needs. The pyramid provides a range of servings for each group. Individuals with lower calorie needs (women, older adults, sedentary people) can choose the lower number of servings from each food group, whereas those with higher calorie needs (men, teenagers, active people) can select the higher number of servings suggested. Continue Reading →