1.This publication is FCS8720-Eng, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Florida Cooperati ve Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date: November 2001. Reviewed by Isabel Valenti n-Oquendo, MS, RD, LD/N, curriculum coordinator, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences. Please visit the EDIS Web site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.eduThe Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer authorized to provide resea rch, educati onal information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Servi ce office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences / University of Florida / Christine Taylor Waddill, Dean 2.Jennifer Hillan, MSH, RD, LD/N, coordinator, Educational/Training Programs, Department of Family, Youth and Community Science s, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611. FCS8720-EngTake a Look at the Pyramid Tip1Jennifer Hillan2The tip of the Food Guide Pyramid includes fats, oils, and sweets. These foods add pleasure and flavor to our meals. They also add calories, but few or no vitamins or minerals. We should use these foods sparingly.Whats in the Pyramid Tip?Fats in the pyramid tip include bacon, butter, cream, cream cheese, gravy, lard, margarine, mayonnaise, oils, salad dressings, shortening, and sour cream. Sweets in the pyramid tip include candy, frosting (icing), fruit drinks, honey, jelly, molasses, sherbets, soft drinks, sugar, and syrups.What Does Use Sparingly Mean?It means using only small amounts. It also means replacing some foods with healthier choices. Here are some ideas. Put check marks next to the ones you will try. Cut back on condiments such as mayonnaise, margarine, and butter. Choose mustard instead of mayonnaise on sandwiches. Try plain, nonfat yogurt instead of mayonnaise or sour cream. Drink water, low-fat milk, or 100% fruit juice instead of sodas and fruit drinks. Season foods with herbs and spices instead of fats. Cut back on the amount of sugars and fats used when baking. Experiment with flavored vinegars in place of salad dressings. Top cakes with fresh fruit (sliced or pureed) instead of frosting.What About Low-Fat Products?Choosing low-fat or fat-free products can help you limit your fat intake. But beware! Low-fat does not always mean low-calorie. Lowfat versions of fats, oils, and sweets should also be used sparingly.