The Healthy Eating Pyramid is designed to provide a simple, visual guide to the types and proportions of foods we should eat every day for good health.
There are a few changes in particular from the 2007 version that are worth noting:
1. The bottom of the pyramid is now made up of just vegetables, legumes and fruit, showing that the majority of our diet should be made up of these foods.
2. Added sugar has joined salt outside the pyramid (with a cross next to it) to indicate that intake should be limited
3. The top section of the pyramid now features only healthy fats rather than all fats. This demonstrates that healthy fats (e.g. olive oil) are a necessary part of our diet, whereas saturated fats (e.g. butter) should be limited
Dietary guidelines in Australia are often criticised as being unhelpful or ineffective. However, the statistics show that an average of 35% of our daily kilojoules come from foods which aren’t even on this pyramid (i.e. junk food) which raises the question, how many people are actually following them? We can’t genuinely claim something is ineffective if we haven’t actually tried it….
If you would like more information about the Healthy Eating Pyramid, you can read it here