Rethinking the Food Pyramid for One Group

Older folks get revamped advice as MyPyramid evolves.

Setting dietary guidelines isn't a mass-market challenge. In fact, food intake differs as groups age. Recognizing that, Tufts University has updated the content of USDA's new food guide pyramid - called MyPyramid - for older adults.

HealthDay News reports that the Modified MyPyramid for Older Adults still emphasizes nutrient-dense foods and the importance of fluid balance, but now offers more information about the types of foods that best meet the needs of older adults. And it emphasizes the need for physical activity.

The Modified MyPyramid for Older Adults, to be published in the January issue of the Journal of Nutrition, includes information on the following:

  • Whole, enriched and fortified grains and series such as brown rice and 100% whole wheat bread.
  • Bright-colored vegetables including carrots and broccoli.
  • Deep-colored fruit such as berries and melon.
  • Low- and non-fat dairy products including yogurt and low-lactose milk.
  • Dry beans and nuts, fish, poultry, lean meat and eggs.
  • Liquid vegetable oils and soft spreads low in saturated and trans fat.
  • Fluid intake.
  • Physical activity, including walking, housework and yard work.


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