I use the 2005 MyPyramid to help me make the right food choices for a healthy diet. Where do walnuts fit in?
A. Including healthy fats in the diet is one of the key messages of the individualized MyPyramid food guidance system. The new MyPyramid symbol illustrates recommendations from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans where an emphasis to consume more polyunsaturated fat (and less saturated and trans fat) in order to achieve a healthy diet is made. Specific guidelines were given to increasing intake of essential fatty acids, including omega-3 fatty acids. Plant sources of polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts are specifically noted.