Posted by Rachel on:
Since it's a new year, I thought it would be a perfect time to start looking at what and how much food we eat. I'd like to share with you an alternative food pyramid I found recently.
Imagine the below content is shaped like a pyramid:
Clean Water 6-8 Glasses
Fats 2-3 TBS.
Calcium Foods 2-5 Servings
Whole Grains 2-5 Servings
Protein Foods 5-8 Ounces (1 cup)
Fruits 2-4 Servings & Vegetables 3-5 Servings
They USDA'S food pyramid has Bread, Cereal, Rice and Pasta as 6-11 servings, which is located at the bottom of their food pyramid. It seems a bit strange because most Americans consume bleached flour products, pastas and breads, white rice and highly processed sugared cereals all of which have very little if any, nutritional value. It's no wonder why 1 in 3 are over-weight or obese.
Anyway, it just makes me think a little more about what we're told to believe in. I think it's time to watch what we eat and start reading the ingredients in our food. By the way, if you don't know what 'enriched' flour or noodle means, then look it up because chances are the foods you consume are not nutrient dense and may cause illness in the future. Perhaps, use the above food pyramid as a guideline to healthier eating habits.
Good luck and be well!