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The Healthy Eating Pyramid

The Healthy Eating Pyramid – one of the best and easiest ways of weight management.

A quick image search on Google for “food pyramid” brings back over a million results. The idea of a food pyramid is to make it easier for you to choose the right foods to achieve and maintain good health. But with so many different versions how are you supposed to make the right choices?

This revised food pyramid developed by the Harvard School of Public Health and also known as the Healthy Food Pyramid or Harvard Food Pyramid, is together with the Mediterranean Food Pyramid one of the best and easiest of the food pyramids to understand and use.

It’s a great updated nutrition guide, aiming to include the latest scientific research in dietary health.

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Copyright © 2008. For more information about The Healthy Eating Pyramid, please see The Nutrition Source, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, , and Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, by Walter C. Willett, M.D. and Patrick J. Skerrett (2005), Free Press/Simon & Schuster Inc.


What’s good about this food pyramid is that rather than dictating your food pyramid serving sizes it focuses on what foods you should prefer when you’re deciding what to eat.

The idea is that you choose more foods from the bottom (fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats) and some from the middle, where you’ll find nuts, tofu, fish and healthier sources of protein.

The foods to avoid or eat sparingly are found at the top and include red meat, and refined grains like pasta, white bread white rice. Of course, you’ll also find junk foods and foods high in sugar in this category.

The exact amounts of food and daily number of calories, depends on your sex, age, and lifestyle.

At the base is exercise and weight control, meaning that it will be difficult for you to achieve and maintain a healthy body without at least a moderate amount of exercise. These should form the foundation of your efforts to lose weight.

For a more detailed explanation of the healthy eating pyramid and how to use it, visit the Harvard website

Updated: January 1, 2014 — 5:19 pm

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