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May032011

I was looking for the food pyramid and there’s a bunch of them now! Which one is the best?

There are a number of food pyramids based on different cultures and their typical diet. There is a Latin pyramid, an Asian pyramid, a Mediterranean pyramid and a number of others. Many of these are just fine if that is the culture or the types of food you prefer. I tend to like the Healthy Eating Pyramid because it covers the basics (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/pyramid/).  All the pyramids have the largest segments at the bottom representing what we should consume the most, to the top which represents what we should consume the least. The Healthy Eating Pyramid sits on a foundation of daily exercise combined with specific weight controls. These two related elements influence your chances of staying healthy by affecting what you eat and how your activity affects you.  If you are a couch potato, no matter what you consume, some of it will be stored as fat. The Healthy Eating pyramid also suggests eating a balance of whole grains, fruits and vegetables along with good sources of oils (healthy fat). Above that on the Healthy Eating Pyramid are protein and legumes. Dairy can be found above that as an alternate source of fat and protein. The tip is reserved for foods that are processed, or full of preservatives, sugar, salts and trans fats.  Alcohol is recommended either in moderation or not at all. Supplements are also only advised when used on the counsel of a physician.  The Healthy Eating Pyramid is not a rigid road map or a “diet,” and does not give specifics about the numbers of cups or ounces to have of specific foods each day. Servings vary depending on body size and physical activity. It's a simple, general, flexible guide to how you should eat. If you’re looking for a useful food pyramid, this is the one I would recommend.