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.
- 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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