Healthy Eating Pyramid

Posted on June 25, 2008

This is the Healthy Eating Pyramid1 (sorry it’s not a great scan). It was put together by Dr. Walter Willett, a professor at Harvard Medical School and a researcher in the fields of nutrition and health. He put this together because he felt the USDA’s food guide pyramid was flawed. Here are my favorite parts of this pyramid:

  • The bottom level is daily exercise and getting to/staying at a healthy weight. Exercise plays a huge role in our health -whether it is daily exercise leading to better health or a lack of exercise leading to poor health.
  • Notice how white rice, white bread, potatoes, etc. are at the top. Those things can be replaced with whole grain foods such as brown rice, whole-wheat breads and pastas.
  • Vegetables in abundance. Fruits 2-3 times everyday. That’s good stuff.
  • Easy on the red meat. Get protein from other sources. Chicken, beans, fish, etc. will give you good protein without as much saturated fat and cholesterol.

This pyramid provides a good daily guide on what we should be eating for optimal health. For more information check out the Harvard School of Public Health’s page on the Healthy Eating Pyramid here.

  1. Walter C. Willett, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001), 17. []

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