According to most healthcare experts, the essence of a healthful diet is merely making right decisions from the foods that are available. Of course, at this moment you might think of the food pyramid, that triangular diagram representing the optimal number of servings you should eat each day from each of the primary food groups.
Changes in the guidelines
Now, did you know that pyramid, which was first published in Sweden in 1974 had been updated in 2005? Then, in 2011 that guideline was replaced by MyPlate as the latest nutrition guide from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).
When presenting this new guideline, then First Lady Michelle Obama stated that parents did not have the time enough to measure out exactly “three ounces of chicken,” meaning that the busy schedule most of the family had, did not allow parents to take a look at kids’ plates. She focused attention on “eating proper portions.” Then she concluded that the emphasis on nourishing food should be on having “half of their meal filled with fruits and vegetables alongside their lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy, then we’re good. “It’s as simple as that.”
Something to think about
Let us consider some aspects: What if, rather than sticking to the same food items from each section of the plate or pyramid, we better start experiencing something different?
It is wise to experiment with a variety of foods within all the parts.
We need to understand that each food has a different combination of nutrients and fiber. Some vegetables and fruits, for example, are excellent sources of vitamins A and C; others are high in folic acid, calcium, and iron.
Flavor is another topic for taking into account. Our sense of taste does not only rely on our mouth. Our nose combines in a teamwork with our eyes for making of the experience of eating a full pleasure. So, if we start discovering potent combinations, along with a variety of preparations, then the possibilities of having nourishing food is limitless.
It is not a surprise than vegetarian diets have become increasingly popular. “Data are strong that vegetarians are at lesser risk for obesity, constipation, lung cancer, and alcoholism,” says dietitian, Johanna Dwyer, a former consultant in FDA Consumer. And, opposite to what some may believe, with careful, proper planning, even meatless diets can meet the Recommended Dietary Allowances for nutrients, according to numerous dietary studies.
An essential factor for everyone who wants to keep a balanced diet is keeping dietary-fat intake under 30 percent of total calories and saturated fat under 10 percent. You can do this without becoming a vegetarian and without unduly sacrificing your enjoyment of eating. How?
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