Each and every one of us has been taught well by either our parents or our teachers to always eat and maintain a well-balanced diet. I remember when I was in elementary, my favorite teacher had done an excellent job of explaining to us and making us appreciate how important it is to based your diet on the food pyramid guide.
But did you know that there is a new one now?
It is important to be aware of the changes in the new food pyramid guide now so that you can share the right information to your future family. Among the so many changes that occurred to us over the years like the emergence for example of so many kinds of diet and diet products, knowing the new guide is considered the most important one.
To help you appreciate these changes, below are the 2 key points to simplify them.
1. Compared to the old food pyramid guide, the new guide is more specific in terms of servings and age. Though the old food guide did inform us of what a well-balanced diet must contain, it failed to differentiate the servings appropriate for everyone according to age. It just provided a general approach regardless of age whereas the new guide is definitely more accurate as it takes into consideration the person’s age, lifestyle, exercise, and goal – to lose or to gain weight.
2. The new guide is more aligned or in harmony with reality. With the old guide, it seems almost impossible to have a well-balanced diet as it gave an unclear picture with regard to the servings. The new food pyramid guide is divided now into 6 different colors representing a food category which makes it more attractive to children such as green for vegetables and yellow for oils and fats.
The children’s food pyramid is a lot more accessible for children because it explains things by using colors and geometric patterns. It also graphically explains things by the use of fat and thin. For instance on the children’s food-pyramid that are large sections for fruits and vegetables and grains. These sections start as being quite thick at the bottom of the pyramid and as you go up into the food-pyramid and up through the sections they become extremely thin. This is to say that although an Apple is good for you as a fruit, if you put it into a high with lots of sugar on then it will become less good for you so you should eat less of it.
The food-pyramid also encourages children to eat foods from the different colors. The children’s food-pyramid encourages children to eat foods from each of the food colors every day. It is hoped that with such graphical representations of nutrition that children will have a lot more understanding about the nature of nutrition, and that this nutritional advice will stick in a child’s mind much easier than the traditional food pyramid. It is also hoped that the children’s food-pyramid will help children to encourage their peers, and also the adult relations to make changes to incorporate good nutrition into their lives.
The food pyramid, which is updated in the United States once every five years (the last update was in 2005) is basically a guide which tells you what your nutrition levels should be. The original food pyramid was first printed in 1992 to replace one of the oldest systems of food classification. Although the newer food pyramid is taking into account a lot more in terms of exactly what foods you should be eating it still has quite a bit of way to go till it is anyway perfect.
The unfortunate thing is that today we have more obesity in the Western world than ever before. People are eating rubbish food and not getting enough exercise. The food-pyramid is a basic synopsis of the daily intakes of all the different food types that you should be having. The new food pyramid also includes sections on the amount of exercise you should be taking.
For instance, the new food-pyramid tells you that you should have about 30 minutes a day of between moderate and vigorous exercise. It explains the difference between moderate exercise and vigorous exercise. One of the things that it promotes as moderate exercise is brisk walking, which it defines as walking at around 3 1/2 mph. One of the examples of vigorous physical exercise is walking very fast which it classifies as being over 4 1/2 miles per hour. You can also see food pyramids for children, food pyramids for vegetarians, even cultural food pyramids for different types of diet, for instance Chinese food pyramid.