While the concept of a food pyramid originated in the United States, it has increasingly been welcomed and even strongly endorsed by health departments all over the world. What makes the food pyramid tick with people world over is its simplicity and focus on nutrition in a way that can be adapted to the needs of populations everywhere. In India, the food pyramid and dietary guidelines for Indians are issued by the National Institute for Nutrition along with a web initiative under the Centre for Chronic Disease Control. Given the diversity of a country like India, there will naturally be variations in the recipes, diet and food ingredients found in different parts of the country. The food pyramid has been adapted according to regions of India by the CCDC, and is based on the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) designed food pyramid.