Ministry of Health (Italy)
|Ministero della Salute|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Italy|
|Headquarters||Viale Giorgio Ribotta, 5 - 00144 Rome |
Lungotevere Ripa, 1 - 00153 Roma
The Ministry developed the Italian Food Pyramid (Piramide Alimentare Italiana) to guide food and meal planning. The divisions show healthy intake of water, fruits and vegetables, starches (bread, biscotti, pasta, etc.), protein (meat, cold cut meats, eggs, fish, etc.), milk and dairy, and occasional uses (oils, sweets, and alcohol). The pyramid is intended to represent the variety of foods eaten over an entire week, averaged into daily portions.