This Belgian Food Pyramid Is A Handy Cheat Sheet For Healthy Eating

This Belgian Food Pyramid Is A Handy Cheat Sheet For Healthy Eating
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There are many ways to eat healthy, but most experts would agree that candy, french fries, beer, and bacon are things to be kept to a minimum. Belgium’s new food pyramid puts those items in time out, while veggies and whole grains get the spotlight.

The result is a “realistic model that fits perfectly into the Flemish food culture” but it could work pretty well for Australians, too. (Our own version of this, The Food Pyramid, has been a successful tool over the past 35 years.) The biggest section of the Belgian pyramid is a playground for vegans: fruits and vegetables, beans, tofu, whole grain breads and pasta, nuts and seeds. Oil is in this category too. The website is in Dutch, but it kind of works to watch this video and switch the captions to Auto-Translate/English:

The next stripe includes fish, poultry, dairy, and eggs. And the point of the pyramid — still fine to eat, but “minder” (less) than the others — contains butter and red meat. And then all the stuff that you already knew was not so great for you is off in another section. Don’t think of these as part of your healthy diet, the graphic seems to say, but you know where to find them if you really can’t resist.


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