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04/25/05 - Lufkin

New Food Pyramid Explained

by Stuart Burson

Just last week, the U.S. government unveiled its new dietary guidelines to the public. As part of those guidelines, the familiar food pyramid is changing.

Introduced to us back in 1992, the original food pyramid was designed as a visual aid to help Americans understand the USDA's dietary guidelines. But as with anything, there comes a time for change.

"The emphasis is really on the individual now, on you. You're going from general guidelines to being able to get really specific." says Carol Bradley, a certified dietitian for Brookshire Brothers.

There are now twelve different versions of the new food pyramid. Each one tailored to your specific age and body type. But they all have one thing in common.

"This one increases the number of fruits and vegetables and the amount of whole grains that people get. So those are better for you... eat those more often, and fit some of the others in less often."

While some may find the new pyramid a little confusing at first, for one mom, there's no problem.

"I always try to be conscious about what I buy, and the nutritional side of all the different vegetables and fruits." Karen Stacy told us.

But, whether it's the old pyramid or the new, updated version, the core message remains the same.

The USDA has created a brand new website to help you understand and find which one of the twelve new pyramids is best for you. Just log onto mypyramid.gov.

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