The Food Pyramid is the officially recognized dietary guideline by health and nutrition authorities and can be used as a tool to teach your child about proper nutrition and healthy eating habits. It shows the variety and the proper proportions of food from different food groups for your child to get proper amount of nutrients.
Fats, oil, sweets and salt. Fats and oil provide energy and help the body to absorb certain nutrients. Salt is the main source of sodium in one's diet, while sweets are source of discretionary sugars. These should be taken in moderation.
Fish, meat, poultry, eggs and nuts. These are good sources of protein needed for growth and muscle building. Milk and dairy products are also found in this section, and are good sources of calcium and other essential nutrients.
Fruits and vegetables. These are good sources of various vitamins as well as dietary fiber.
Food staples: rice, cereals, potato and corn. These are main sources of carbohydrates which provide energy.
Water and beverages. Water is vital for the body to function. The body must have fresh supplies every day to perform virtually every metabolic process.