A six-level food pyramid is used to graphically represent the messages of the guidelines and the recommended daily intakes. The number of recommended servings per day is indicated on the outside of the pyramid. The bottom four levels of the pyramid show foods and beverages that are essential for good health and should be eaten freely: cereals, bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, legumes, nuts, eggs, meat and fish. Fats and oils, on the fifth level, are essential for health but should be consumed in small amounts. Placed at the top are highly-processed products and foods high in fat, sugar and salt; excessive consumption of these products can be harmful, therefore they should be eaten sparingly.
Publishing institution: Department of Health
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