The NAOS Pyramid and its equivalences tables

In many countries, the system of healthy eating pyramid is used in order to present the food groups according to what should be eaten on a daily basis and in which quantity.


Food groups are divided by horizontal lines in the graphic and thus suggesting the percentage of food for a daily diet.

There are several sorts of pyramid, according to the national specificities but generally, here are the main food groups presented:

  • Cereals and grains
  • Vegetables and fruit
  • Dairy products
  • Meat, fish, poultry, eggs
  • Fats (unsaturated)
  • Sweets and saturated fats

The FOOD partner AESAN goes further in a guide which proposes a pyramid and several tables of food equivalences per geographic regions. It enables to adapt balanced diet, including when eating foreign food.

“A healthy diet for all!”

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3 Maisto Piramide { 03.07.14 at 2:55 }

Actually, all the alternatives to this pyramid is poorly different from others (I have seen a lot of them ), so I don’t know, what are the main differences?

4 coordinator { 04.18.14 at 12:52 }

Thank you for your comment. In fact, food pyramids have been losing some importance to other diagrams. The most famous pyramid, the US Food Guide Pyramid went through some radical changes, giving way to the US MyPyramid and ultimately, to a circular diagram: MyPlate. Circular diagrams seem to be better understood by general audiences, in part because they look like a dish.
However, in this particular case of the NAOS Pyramid, the choice of the pyramidal shape has a great advantage: this pyramid does not address the eating habits and the recommendations of food groups, but the whole lifestyle, in particular promoting a hierarchy between daily light physical activity in the bottom of the pyramid, a moderate physical activity or sport in the middle and, finally, in the tip of the pyramid, doing a parallel between sedentary attitude and consumption of sugar and fat rich foods – behaviours that should be only occasional.

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