Past Food Pyramid Materials

1992 Food Guide Pyramid USDA's Food Guide Pyramid Booklet, 1992 (PDF | 478 KB)

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

1992 version (updated 1996) of the Food Guide Pyramid. Also find the Spanish version of the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid. La Guía Pirámide de Alimentos (PDF|489 KB) See also:


A Brief History of USDA Food Guides (PDF | 768 KB)

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

See the evolution of food guides from 1916 to present day.


Ethnic/Cultural Food Pyramids

Locate information on food guide pyramids from various cultures including Latino/Spanish, Native American and Asian. Also find information on the Mediterranean diet pyramids.


Are All Food Guide Pyramids Created Equal? (PDF | 34 KB)

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Comparison of the various Food Guide Pyramids and their revelence to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.


MyPyramid for a Healthy Family (PPT | 3.9 MB)

University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.

Powerpoint presentation targeted to parents and caregivers. Accompanying script, MyPyramid For A Healthy Family in PDF Format. (PDF|105 KB) June 2005


Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Adaptation of the original Food Guide Pyramid designed to simplify educational messages and focus on young children's food preferences and nutritional requirements.


Serving Sizes in the Food Guide Pyramid and on the Nutrition Facts Label: What's Different and Why? (PDF | 21 KB)

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Explains the difference between the a serving size listed on the nutrition facts panel of the food label and the serving size recommended by the Food Guide Pyramid.


Avoid Portion Distortion with MyPyramid's Specific Guidelines (PPT | 1.6 MB)

University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension.

Consumer-friendly slide show describing recommended amounts and showing how common serving sizes have increased in recent years.


USDA's Food Guide: Background and Development (PDF | 2 MB)

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Explains the history and development behind the Food Guide Pyramid.


Old Food Guide Pyramid 1992 Food Guide Pyramid Graphics

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Find graphics/images of the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid for download:


Young Child Food Guide Pyramid Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children Graphics

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Find graphics/images of previous versions:


Archived USDA MyPyramid Food Guidance System Materials

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

MyPyramid replaced the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid and associated materials. In 2010, MyPyramid was replaced by MyPlate. MyPyramid incorporated recommendations from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in January, 2005.