Many food intake guides have been published over the years to help people understand healthy eating. For example, the food pyramid is designed as a nutritional guideline to suggest optimal daily food intake. It is divided into colored components or "shelves" and the components represent the major five food groups which include carbohydrate, protein, fat, vegetable, and fruit. It also outlines the suitable intake for less desirable elements such as sugar, salt, and oil. There are many variations to the pyramid guide but they essentially highlight the right quantity for food choices.
In general, we know that there is strong association between food and culture. Therefore, this gives rise to cultural variations of the pyramid such as Asian diet pyramid, Latin American diet pyramid, and Mediterranean diet pyramid. The triangular shape of the pyramidal guide shows you where to focus in your food selection. Naturally, the base represents the group of food that you should consume the most. As you move up the pyramid, the type of food consumed in each shelf should be reduced in terms of quantity and frequency.
With so many guides and different variations, people may be confused as to which guide is the best. Basically, there are a few rules of thumb that you can adhere to when planning your diet. Firstly, increase the intake of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Secondly, reduce the intake of saturated fat, salt, and sugar. Next, balance your diet with adequate water intake and exercise. By following these steps, you have already taken one step closer to a healthier you. You'll need to eat a variety of food because there is no single food that can provide the daily dosage of nutrients that you need.
Recently, a special version of the food pyramid has been released. This version is meant for kids because many children today are bombarded with junk food advertisements and they face tougher food choices. To cultivate healthy eating, you need to pay attention to the different food groups listed in the pyramid and try your best to follow the recommendations.