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How Relevant Is the Food Pyramid Today?

Remember the food pyramid? For many of us, that classic triangle would be on the back of our breakfast cereals and hung up on the walls of our schools, but where is it now?

Is it still around? And, if so, is it still relevant? Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. provides some answers.

Where'd the Food Pyramid Go?

It's still around, but it looks different than it used to. The classic food pyramid that most of us remember was originally replaced in 2005 and has taken a few different forms since then.

The pyramid shape was changed into the shape of a plate in 2011 by the USDA's MyPlate. Their version is divided into four sections—one for fruit, veggies, protein and grains—and has a circle for dairy in the corner. The government updates the plate every five years to reflect their updated version of a healthy diet.

Unhealthy Foods to Keep Out of Your Diet

  • Processed foods
  • Unhealthy, sugary fruit juices
  • Added sugars
  • Fatty meats
  • White starches

So Should I Listen to the Update Food Pyramid

Honestly, we'd advise against it. The problem with the food pyramid, or “plate,” is that it generalizes some of the categories. Fats are generalized as “sweets” without taking into account the types of fats, and grains that aren't whole grains, which the new plate is a little heavy on, aren't very healthy.

Additionally, not only is the food pyramid a little heavy on grains, but it didn't specify the importance of whole grains. Nutrient-rich whole grains, like oatmeal and quinoa, contain antioxidants, fiber and important vitamins. We've highlighted what a healthy diet should contain below.

What A Healthy Diet Should Look Like

  • Lots of water
  • Nutrient-rich whole grains, such as oatmeal and quinoa
  • Healthy fats, such as avocados
  • Lean proteins
  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Nuts

Don't underestimate the power of a healthy diet! If you have any questions or require medical care, don't hesitate to stop by AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. today.