Food Pyramid

The Food Pyramid

This well-known educational image describes how many servings of different sorts of food are recommended. This pyramid, however, was designed for the foods Americans generally eat. Vegetarians and people in other cultures around the world are often able to get protein from very different sources.  This is described further, halfway down this page.

A simple food pyramid shows how to choose healthy foods to eat.Fats,oil and a few sweets Healthy oils (olive, canola) and Nuts recommended daily  in small portions.

Protein: 2-3 servings a day for meat, fish, poultry or vegetarian alternatives.   You also need 2-3 portions a day of Dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt .

Vegetables 3-6 servings a day .Fruit 2-3 servings a day.

Bread and cereals including pasta and rice and potatoes, mostly whole grains: 6 -11 servings a day.

While there are newer versions of the food pyramid, this version is probably most familiar. It was designed to display what all of us  should eat each day.

Eating healthy foods around  the world

As explained above, this pyramid was designed for the foods Americans generally eat. Vegetarians and people in other cultures are often able to get protein by combining different foods.

This is described well in the little book, Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe.

She describes how amino acids from certain vegetables and some dairy products can be combined to firm complete protein. In many places around the world these patterns describe the typical foods.


  • Whole rice and soy beans in the far east
  • Corn tortillas and refried beans in Latin America
  • Wheat pita bread and hummus (from chick peas) in the Middle East
  • Cornbread and pinto beans in the American South
  • Oatmeal and milk
  • Whole wheat macaroni and cheese
  • Whole wheat bread and peanut butter + a glass of milk
  • Brown rice and lentils topped with some yogurt

The food pyramid was not, however, designed with the brain in mind. Let us consider the difference. The food pyramid shows what foods should be eaten in a day, but it doesn’t divide it up by meals. This is important.

To understand why return to  Healthy Eating

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