A Balanced Diet
Carbohydrates provide 70 to 80 percent of energy for the body. They are present in high quantities in grains such as wheat, rice, corn, and other foods like potato or honey and form the base of the food pyramid. Fruits and vegetables provide essential minerals, vitamins and antioxidants besides trace minerals, and are present in the next rung of the food pyramid. Proteins and fat are required to build body tissue and cells, and is also a source of energy for most organisms. Proteins are present mainly in dairy foods, meat, fish, nuts and legumes, and beans. Fats, oils, and refined sweets should be taken sparingly and comprise the smallest part of the food pyramid.