Australian nonprofit’s new food pyramid offers clarity about nutrition

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Nutrition Australia, a nonprofit group that aims to promote healthy eating and wellness in Australia, recently revealed its new food pyramid. The Healthy Eating Pyramid is based on the country’s current dietary guidelines.

Nutrition Australia’s food pyramid depicts actual foods that fit in each category. The categories are sized in relation to how much an average person should consume of each food group. There are also tips, such as “choose water,” “limit salt and added sugar” and “enjoy herbs” on the graphic.

Washington Post points out how the Healthy Eating Pyramid is more descriptive than MyPlate, the United States Department of Agriculture’s 2011 replacement of MyPyramid. The nutritional advice on the Healthy Eating Pyramid is the same as what the U.S. government pushes about a balanced diet: eat mostly vegetables, fruit and grains, and add in dairy products and lean meats. However, MyPlate is labelled and scaled to show how much of each category should be consumed, but unlike its Australian counterpart, doesn’t offer suggestions about what items should be consumed in each food group.

What’s your take on how nutritional guidelines should be displayed? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Katie Woods grew up in Columbiana, Ohio. Katie likes reading, writing, enjoying the outdoors and DIY projects.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Lean meat? We need animal fats! If they were bad for us, humans would have died out hundreds of thousands of years ago.

    The whole low fat scam is a designed to sell us low fat processed foodlike substances for great profit.

    It has nothing to do with health :(

  2. It’s not much of an improvement over the old one, especially for diabetics. You can eliminate grains altogether, and increase the amount of fat for an even healthier pyramid.

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