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food pyramid

1. A graphic representation of the structure of a food chain, depicted as a pyramid having a broad base formed by producers and tapering to a point formed by end consumers. Between successive levels, total biomass decreases as energy is lost from the system.
2. A diagram representing the optimal number of servings to be eaten each day from each of the basic food groups. Also called diet pyramid.
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food′ pyr`amid

the successive levels of predation in a food chain represented schematically as a pyramid because upper levels normally consist of decreasing numbers of larger predators.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: pyramid - (ecology) a hierarchy of food chains with the principal predator at the top; each level preys on the level below
bionomics, environmental science, ecology - the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment
organic phenomenon - (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
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On the food guide pyramid, she stressed that people should scrutinise their meals to ensure that they had food from all the six food groups in the food pyramid. The nutritionist noted that healthy eating should entail, six to 11 portions of starch, three-five servings of vegetables, two-four fruits, two-three milk products, two-three meat products and spare usage of fats and oils per day.
After teaching Gummy about the food pyramid, Carlos brought her daughter to the supermarket yesterday.
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While specific foods and habits vary from region to region in the Mediterranean, the general eating patterns have proven so beneficial that researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, along with a nonprofit food think tank called Oldways, ( came up with an unofficial food pyramid so others could mimic the diet.
Then, the students watched a presentation on safe food, the food pyramid, fresh vegetables, the health group's activities to improve public health, and a set of health education messages to be distributed throughout the school.
In 2011, the Department of Agriculture replaced the famous "Food Pyramid" with a new diagram in the shape of a plate that represented portions for fruits, vegetables, protein and grains.
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