FOOD PYRAMID OR HEALTHY EATING PLATE?

Food education is essential in the creation of good eating habits. Alejandra Bastarós, a graduate in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Zaragoza and food specialist at the Cook & Chef Institute, looks into healthy eating for us

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Although the food pyramid is world famous, it may give rise to confusion or misinterpretation.

It is clear that the base is composed of carbohydrates, but, although they must be present in our daily food intake, the amount that could be deduced from this is excessive. Neither is it explained that they should be consumed in their unprocessed form.

In my opinion, the basis of our food intake should be greens, fruit and other vegetables, which are found at the second level.

Finally, saturated fats or sweets should not even appear.

Through the pyramid we cannot estimate the correct size of each ration, and we therefore run the risk of abusing carbohydrates.

In my opinion the healthy eating plate is much more correct and easier to interpret.

Here, we can see that half of the plate should contain things like salad or cooked vegetables and fruit.

A quarter of the healthy eating plate should have carbohydrates: bread, potatoes, cereals and whole grain pasta, and the rest should be high value protein foods, such as fish (both white and oily), lean meats and eggs.

It is clear that there are no cakes, sweets or cured meats, which should not be part of our daily food intake, and should only be consumed sporadically.

 

Alejandra Bastarós

BSc. Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Zaragoza

http://dietista-zaragoza.es