Developed by a team of scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health, the Healthy Eating Pyramid is based on what is believed to be links between diet and health. Learning what the pyramid is about and how to interpret it can help in keeping a healthy lifestyle and diet, regardless of your sex or age.
Daily Exercise and Weight Control
The base of the healthy eating pyramid deals with the essential parts of a healthy lifestyle, specifically physical exercise and weight control. The main idea behind this section is to strike a balance between the amount of exercise that you do and the amount of food that you eat. In simpler words, don't eat more than you burn.
Vegetables and Fruits
The next large section of the healthy eating pyramid is the vegetables and fruits. Their importance is obvious, as they add variety, great taste, savory and an endless possibility of combinations. Also, vegetables and fruits lower blood pressure, fight heart disease, help alkalize the body, reduce oxidation and slow the evolution or even stop certain conditions. All plant foods have protein, spinach and broccoli being among the highest with more protein per calorie than red meat and zero saturated fat.
Healthy Fats and Oils
The middle section of the pyramid displays the healthy fats and oils as important parts of a healthy diet. Of course, the fats are unsaturated, the healthy, non-cholesterol ones. These include olive oil, seeds, avocados or fatty fish.
Carbohydrates are crucial elements for sustaining life, and the best source is grains. The important part though, is that whole grains are the healthy ones, because it helps control the insulin level in the body. Whole grain foods include oats, whole breads or brown rice.
Nuts, Seeds, Beans and Tofu
These are rich in protein and are recommended for their healthy unsaturated fats.
Fish, Poultry and Eggs
Certain types of meats are recommended in low amounts. Fish, poultry and eggs are lower in saturated fats. They also have a small amount of cholesterol.
Dairy Products, Red Meat, Potatoes, Sugary Drinks, Salt
These are foods that should be eaten sparingly according to the healthy eating pyramid, even though they have some good elements such as protein, fats and carbohydrates. Usually, they have also high levels of saturated fats, cholesterol, and other vicious elements, meaning that you should generally avoid them.
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