What we use the Food Pyramid for?
The food pyramid was created with a view to offering an easier understanding about how to have a healthy eating diet. But for many people, it’s too simplistic, ambiguous and somehow way off. Here’s we give you some useful instructions or information about how to create a healthy food pyramid. You also can find the way you can apply it in your daily eating.
The bottom layer of the food pyramid is the carbohydrate group. It suggests our supplying 6-11 servings per day—an aspect heavily attacked by modern nutritionists. On the higher layer, the vegetable group is on the left (recommend 3-5 servings per day) and the fruit group on the right (2-4 servings per day). The penultimate level consists of the dairy group on the left (2-3 servings per day) and the protein group on the right (2-3 servings per day). All the way up top is the fat group, which you want to avoid whenever possible. The goal of the original food pyramid was to suggest a healthy diet that would be easy for anyone to follow.
Here’s an example about how to create a healthy food pyramid:
- Breakfast: A bowl of cereal with milk, an apple or banana, and two pieces of toast with butter (1 serving of dairy, 1 serving of fruit, 2 servings of carbs, and little fat).
- Lunch: A lean turkey sandwich with cheese, some cut carrots and celery, a bag of mixed nuts, and a plum (2 servings of protein, 1 serving of dairy, 1 serving of carbs, 1 serving of vegetables, and 1 serving of fruit).
- Dinner: Grilled chicken, peas and carrots, salad, and a slice of zucchini bread (1 serving of protein, 2 servings of vegetables, and 1 serving of carbs).
In total that gets you:
- Carbs: 4 servings
- Fruits: 2 servings
- Vegetables: 3 servings
- Dairy: 2 servings
- Protein: 3 servings
From this, you may come up against some problems. With this amount of food in a single day, you’d have no trouble getting six servings worth of carbohydrates. Nonetheless, it only works out to four servings, which is two under the minimum (More on this later). On the other side of the equation, this set of meals shows the correct number of servings of protein. But it doesn’t account for the additional protein you get through dairy (for example). It doesn’t account for all sorts of things, like the high carbohydrate content found in beans or the entire dairy that sneaks its way into so many foods and sauces, homemade or manufactured. It also doesn’t account for many important variables. For example: your sex, your height and healthy weight, your daily activity. Or it also can be how different bodies have easier or harder times processing certain foods, and more. To create a healthy food pyramid was a nice thought. And it’s not way off, but it’s definitely not a sufficient tool for anybody’s diet.