A healthy diet takes planning, and a Vegetarian Food Pyramid can be a helpful tool. The vegetarian pyramid outlines food groups that, if eaten in the right quantities, form the foundation of a healthy vegetarian diet.
Unfortunately, the NPD Group's marketing research states that although kids 2-12 and their parents are getting more fruits and veggies, teens and the elderly are eating fewer. Get more information on carbs, fat, and protein.
The diagram bellow represents the breakdown of a vegetarian food pyramid. You should take the food in increasing quantities from the top to the bottom. Foods at the top are associated with obesity and do not help the body so take in lower quantities. On the other hand, the foods at the bottom are used up daily.
You need to eat lots of fruits and vegetables to get enough calories to maintain a healthy weight. One barrier to eating more fresh food is that it may spoil before you eat it. Planning and shopping more often may create anxiety. The "One more thing to do!" issue that plagues us today.
So, you are eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables..good job! What is your favorite color? Not your clothing choice, but your food choice. Orange carrots? Red tomatoes? Maybe green broccoli and spinach? Dutch researchers analyzed the diets of 20,069 healthy people. After following them for the next 10 years the winner is… the orange group.
People eating the most deep orange fruits and vegetables cut their heart disease risk by 26 percent, compared to people who tended to avoid these foods. Orange foods include carrots, yams, cantaloupe, butternut squash, and their many beta-carotene-rich cousins. The study appears in the British Journal of Nutrition.
I hope you noticed that the pyramid above has real food listed! Most American adults can't define what real food is. Real food provides your body with nutrients and micro-nutrients. Humans must have micro-nutrients for optimal cellular health. And cellular health means less chronic cellular inflammation which is the basic cause of all diseases of our modern world.
According to Dr. Dushyant Viswanathan in the Physicians Practice blog, micro-nutrients are missing in processed foods, junk food, and packaged food. Dr. Viswanathan states that all human made food-like substances can't be called food. Eat real food, take no substitutes!
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