Eating healthy has spurred a billion dollar industry. Books, seminars, courses, magazines and websites contributing to the huge amount of information available on this subject. But there is much debate, controversy and conflicting opinions about what constitutes a healthy diet. Here is a basic overview of what experts from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and schools such as Harvard School of Public Health, suggests that basic guidelines for an optimal healthy eating plan
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Number of minutes of exercise.
Level of exercise intensity.
The food pyramid was offered by USDA in early 1990. It has been changed to “My Pyramid” which has now pyramid resting on its side and allows for more choice. It’s still somewhat outdated and the pyramid is mentioned in this article is based on more updated “dietary Guidelines for America” and created by the Harvard School of Public Health. his pyramid is shaped like a pyramid to show that certain foods should be the main part of their diet (or the bottom of the triangle) and certain foods should be limited (the top of the triangle ).
The basis of any healthy food pyramid must exercise and weight control. Without these two, even eating from the pyramid will not be enough. Portion control (calorie intake) and exercise (calorie burning) is essential for health.
Whole grains, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats
The first actual food foundation consists of whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and healthy fats and oils. This is a difference from all other pyramids of the healthy fats and oils are at the base. They are necessary because they protect the heart and help reduce negative cholesterol. Whole grains and fruits and vegetables is important for blood sugar and insulin levels and protect against heart disease, in addition to many other health benefits.
The middle section consists of nuts, beans, seeds, and tofu and fish, poultry and eggs. These are all good sources of protein. Nuts, beans, seeds and tofu all contain essential fiber. All these are also beneficial for a healthy heart.
Dairy is the protein portion. Dairy products contain little fat milk, cheese and yogurt. If you do not like dairy products, it is suggested that you supplement with calcium and vitamin D to protect your bones and keep them strong.
The tip of the pyramid are the foods that should be used sparingly. This includes red meat, sugar, refined grains and butter. It is not suggested that you never eat these things, just that they are the smallest percentage of food consumption. They have been shown to increase heart disease, sugar level issues and obesity.
using the pyramid
This pyramid is quite easy to use. There is much flexibility within the food plan. It is only important that you eat more foods from the bottom and less food from the top. But, how much you eat of each depends on the individual and his medical issues, activity level, and specific likes and dislikes.