Healthy Diet Pyramid

Have you heard of a healthy diet pyramid? Many different organizations have introduced their version of the Healthy Diet Pyramid. However, all Healthy Diet Pyramids are pretty much the same with a slight variations from country to country. But, basically, the Healthy Diet Pyramid would have:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Protein (meat or alternatives such as eggs and milk), and
  • Fat

Below is a picture of the US Department of Agriculture healthy diet food pyramid for Americans. Other countries also have their own versions of healthy diet pyramid that is similar to this one below.

Healthy Diet Pyramid

In the past, the healthy diet pyramid did not use to come with recommended daily servings. Nowadays, each health organization have included the daily recommended serving for each good group.

New Healthy Diet Pyramid

There is no debate that if you want to live longer, then you need to eat healthy, exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy food is important but do you know what you need to eat to be healthy? In the past, people relied on the government and commercials to tell them what they should eat but now there are more resources available so you can do your own research to find out what are best to eat for you.

You can read lots of books and research papers by various organizations and believe what make sense to you. Do not follow any advice blindly. This book called Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating is a revolutionary book that will revive your understanding of what healthy food is. Aimed at nothing less than totally restructuring the diets of Americans, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy may well accomplish its goal.

Dr. Walter C. Willett gets off to a roaring start by totally dismantling one of the largest icons in health today: the USDA Food Pyramid that we all learn in elementary school.

He blames many of the pyramid’s recommendations–6 to 11 servings of carbohydrates, all fats used sparingly–for much of the current wave of obesity.
At first this may read differently than any diet book, but Willett also makes a crucial, rarely mentioned point about this icon: “The thing to keep in mind about the USDA Pyramid is that it comes from the Department of Agriculture, the agency responsible for promoting American agriculture, not from the agencies established to monitor and protect our health.” It’s no wonder that dairy products and American-grown grains such as wheat and corn figure so prominently in the USDA’s recommendations.

New Healthy Eating Pyramid

Willett’s own simple pyramid has several benefits over the traditional format. His information is up-to-date, and you won’t find recommendations that come from special-interest groups. His ideas are nothing radical:

  • if we eat more vegetables and complex carbohydrates (no, potatoes are not complex),
  • emphasize healthy fats, and
  • enjoy small amounts of a tremendous variety of food, we will be healthier.