A food pyramid is a graphical pyramid shaped nutrition guide, divided into sections. Each section represents a specific food group and shows the recommended intake for each food group. The pyramid shape graphic, illustrates a higher daily intake of foods at the bottom of the pyramid, and a smaller intake of foods at the top of the pyramid.
Search results show site after site claiming the original food guide pyramid was released in 1992 and almost nothing about the 1950s version I was trying to find information on. I never could locate an image of the original 1956 USDA “Basic Four Food Groups” pyramid.
The USDA’s food pyramid from 2005 to 2011, MyPyramid. The USDA food pyramid was created in 1992 and divided into six horizontal sections containing depictions of foods from each section’s food group. It was updated in 2005 with colorful vertical wedges replacing the horizontal sections and renamed MyPyramid.