-Eating the Food Guide Pyramid way helps children, youth and adults eat a well –balance diet. It is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Everyone should eat at least the minimum servings from each group of the Food Guide Pyramid. This gives you a variety of daily vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber.
-Research has show that a variety of foods have other naturally occurring ingredients, such as antioxidants and phytochemicals (chemicals or ingredients naturally found in plant foods). These ingredients may decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease.
-As you age, your lifestyle maybe less active; you may sit more and perform less vigorous exercises or physical labor.
-Your body’s metabolism maybe less efficient or slower. These lifestyle and metabolism changes may cause weight gain and less efficient absorption of nutrients. Select more nutrient-dense foods with lower amounts of fat and sugar (empty calories). If you have a problem losing weight, limit your fat and sugar intake. Eat a variety of foods that are good sources of protein,
vitamins, minerals, and fiber.