The Food Pyramid has long been hailed as the go-to when choosing how to fill your plate, but should we really be listening? Is this the best way to get a balanced meal for your health?
- Fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruits. Our favorite nutritionist says, "The more color, and the more variety, the better."
- Save a quarter of your plate for whole grains—not just any grains. Learn more about why you should pick whole grains.
- Pick a healthy source of protein to fill one quarter of your plate. Some proteins (fish, chicken, beans, nuts) are healthier than others (red meat and processed meat).
- Enjoy healthy fats. Limit butter, and avoid unhealthy trans fats.
- Drink water, coffee or tea. Limit milk and dairy products to one to two servings per day and limit juice to a small glass per day. Skip the sugary drinks.
- Stay active. Since two out of three U.S. adults and one in three children are overweight or obese, one thing is clear: Many of us have been choosing plates that are too large.
Take it to the Next LevelInvestigate further!
In Death by Food Pyramid, Denise Minger exposes the forces that overrode common sense and solid science to launch a pyramid phenomenon that bled far beyond US borders to taint the eating habits of the entire developed world.