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What Are the Four Elf Food Groups?

Updated on December 2, 2011

Elf Food Groups Pyramid


The North Pole Has Its Own Food Pyramid

Is it any wonder that Santa Claus is overweight - or, to put it more frankly, obese? After all, he works only one night a year, and scarfs down millions of cookies and cups of milk as he tramps around the world. I think he's got a serious case of midnight munchies. But it might turn out that Santa is simply following a different food pyramid than the one the USDA has instilled in most Americans.

Elves only have four food groups, and they're definitely NOT USDA-approved.

The Four Elf Food Groups

Most of us are familiar with the USDA's food pyramid and the basic food groups. The USDA breaks our food into several groups of grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and protein, and then makes recommendations about how many servings we should all have from each group every day. For instance, we all know we should eat our veggies.

But way up at the North Pole, the USDA would be shocked to discover that Santa's tiny helpers have their own food guidelines.

What are the four elf food groups? If you're seen the 2003 movie "Elf," starring Will Ferrell as a man who leaves his adoptive elf family at the North Pole to seek out his biological father in the busy world of New York City, you may already be familiar with the elf food groups. In a wonderfully funny scene, Buddy tells his newfound dad that elves try to stick to the four main food groups - candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

Watch it below.

Four Elf Food Groups Video Clip

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      Donna Cosmato 6 years ago from USA

      I confess I had no idea where you were going with this when I saw the title as we haven't seen this movie! However, this is great information and now I feel like we should definitely check out Elf:) Voted up and there isn't a button for cute so I chose

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      Jools99 6 years ago from North-East UK

      I wanna be an elf!

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Love it!