Saturday, May 27, 2006

Health Pyramid

Diet Pyramid

The picture shows the healthy diet pyramid. This health pyramid can be used as a guide to select your everyday food. You should eat more frequently the foods at the base. The foods at the tip/ apex of the health pyramid should be consumed the least.

The food at the base of the health pyramid includes rice, noodles, cereals, chappathi and all pasta. They contain complex carbohydrate that provides energy, vitamins, minerals and fibre.

The next group from the base of the pyramid is fruits and vegetables. They are high in vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre. Naturally, they have very low fat. Fibre plays a vital role in reducing the risk of diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases.

The third group from the base of the health pyramid includes meat, fish, poultry, pulses, nuts and milk. They are very rich sources of protein and should be taken moderately in our everyday diet.

The apex of the pyramid shows oil, butter, sugar and salt. They provide huge calories and use them sparingly.

Take less fat as too much (animal fat) can lead to heart diseases and other problems.


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