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Saturday, October 28, 2006

The Food Pyramid


Bread, Grain, Cereal and Pasta
At the base of the food pyramid, you will see the group that contains breads, grains, cereals and pastas. These foods provide complex carbohydrates, which are an important source of energy, especially for a low-fat meal plan. You can make many low-fat choices from foods in this group. You will need 6 to 11 servings of these foods in a day. One serving of this group can be:
1 slice of bread
1/2 cup of rice, cooked cereal or pasta
1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal
1 flat tortilla
Try to eat whole-grain breads, cereal and pasta for most of your servings from this group. Whole-grain foods (which are made with whole wheat flour) are less processed and retain more valuable vitamins, minerals and fiber than foods made with white flour. When you purchase whole-grain foods, look for breads and pastas with "stoneground whole wheat flour" as the first ingredient, because some "wheat" breads may be white breads with only caramel coloring added.

Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients. Many are excellent sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate or potassium. They are low in fat and sodium and high in fiber. The Food Pyramid suggests 3 to 5 servings of vegetables each day. One serving of vegetables can be:
1 cup of raw leafy vegetables
1/2 cup of other vegetables, cooked or raw
3/4 cup of vegetable juice
The Food Pyramid suggests 2 to 4 servings of fruit each day. One serving of fruit can be:
One medium apple, orange or banana
1/2 cup of chopped, cooked or canned fruit
3/4 cup of fruit juice
Count only 100% fruit juice as a fruit, and limit juice consumption. Many commercial bottled juices come in containers that hold more than 2 servings which can add lots of sugar and calories to your daily diet. Punches, ades and most fruit "drinks" have only a bit of juice and lots of sugar. Fruit sodas are sugary drinks, and they donot count as fruit, either.

Beans, Eggs, Lean Meat and FishMeat, poultry and fish supply protein, iron and zinc. Non-meat foods such as dried peas and beans also provide many of these nutrients. The Food Pyramid suggests 2 to 3 servings of cooked meat, fish or poultry. Each serving should be between 2 and 3 ounces. The following foods count as one ounce of meat:
One egg
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
1/2 cup cooked dry beans
1/3 cup of nuts
Choose lean meat, fish and dry beans and peas often because these are the lowest in fat. Remove skin from poultry and trim away visible fat on meat. Avoid frying these foods. Moderation is the watchword when it comes to nuts because they are high in fat.

Dairy ProductsProducts
made with milk provide protein and vitamins and minerals, especially calcium. The Food Pyramid suggests 2 to 3 servings each day. If you are breastfeeding, pregnant, a teenager or a young adult age 24 or under, try to have 3 servings. Most other people should have 2 servings daily. Interestingly, cottage cheese is lower in calcium that most other cheeses - one cup counts as only 1/2 serving of milk. Go easy on high-fat cheese and ice cream. Choose non-fat milk and yogurt and cheeses made from skim milk because they are lowest in fat.

Fats and Sweets
A food pyramid's tip is the smallest part, so the fats and sweets in the top of the Food Pyramid should comprise the smallest percentage of your daily diet. The foods at the top of the food pyramid should be eaten sparingly because they provide calories but not much in the way of nutrition. These foods include salad dressings, oils, cream, butter, margarine, sugars, soft drinks, candies and sweet desserts.

5 Comments:

Blogger Icahwait* said...

sweets? where you get that from?
I know it supposed to be fats, good fats; from nuts, oily fish (tuna, salmon) Avocado those type of fats, and omega 3's &6's.

Sweets? I ain't trusting this particular pyramid. Cause I googled it myself the other day for my son. I didn't see no sweets in there.

3:00 AM  
Blogger Karabana said...

I guess they figure they should include sweets bc ppl are going to eat them anyway, may as well be realistic. They say they should comprise the smallest percentage of your daily diet & should be eaten sparingly because they provide calories but not much in the way of nutrition.
It's the idea of don't deny ppl, don't out right say don't ever eat them, bc you'll resent your diet & you'll want them that much more & overindulge - say eat sparingly.

2:04 PM  
Blogger kevian said...

Yeah karabana , the point is that moderartion is the key.. sweet no exist so why not put them in the pyramid?

2:28 PM  
Blogger Icahwait* said...

I surrender. Can't argue with that, we all do it.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Gervis said...

Sorry babe, but this one ....fadda.. too much reading....I reach the first paragragh....watch to see how much more it have and tell myself i'll just leave a premature comment lol....next time

5:06 AM  

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