USDA’s pyramid base
The USDA’s pyramid bases the diet around grains, dairy, and meat, rather than vegetables – only 2-3 servings each of vegetables and fruits are  recommended. Their pyramid reflects the American diet as it is –  centered on animal products and processed foods rather than whole plant  foods.
The USDA pyramid allows for multiple servings daily of dairy, meat, and  oils –  nutrient poor foods that should be limited to 2 or less servings  per week in Dr. Fuhrman’s Pyramid.   These foods do not contribute  beneficial micronutrients and therefore do not deserve such prominent  positions in the diet. For example, the USDA pyramid recommends  approximately 3 servings of dairy per day for adults.  Dairy products  are not essential for good health, and contribute saturated fat and  animal protein, both of which should be limited to prevent chronic  disease.
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He USDA pyramid places the most emphasis on grains, whereas Dr.  Fuhrman’s pyramid places the most emphasis on vegetables.  They  recommend that half of grain servings each day are whole grain rather  than refined – this leaves too much room for dangerous refined  carbohydrate products in the diet, and less room for fruit and vegetable servings.  Although whole grains are healthful, their nutrient density  is not as great as those of the other unrefined plant foods.  In Dr.  Fuhrman’s pyramid, whole grains can be included daily, but are limited;  fresh fruits, vegetables, and beans, because of their high nutrient to  calorie ratios, can be eaten in unlimited quantities.
daily of dairy, meat, and  oils
The USDA pyramid  does not convey the importance of nuts and seeds for  good health – there is no ‘nut and seed’ food group. Nuts and seeds are  also included in the meat and beans category.  In Dr. Fuhrman’s Pyramid,  nuts and seeds are included every day because of their potent  cardiovascular benefits.  Because of their calorie density, they should  be limited for individuals trying to lose weight.
  richest in micronutrients

Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Pyramid is based on the foods that are the  richest in micronutrients and have shown consistent benefits to health  and longevity in scientific studies.  The USDA pyramid treats these  protective foods as “side dishes,” and allows the vast majority of  calories to be obtained from nutrient poor foods.

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