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The Nutrition Pyramid - Gives Your Body What It Needs

Mar 17, 2008
As a person grows older, they need to ensure that they are getting sufficient amounts of nutrients, minerals and vitamins in their diet. One way of ensuring that you are getting sufficient amounts of the above mentioned is by using the nutrition pyramid.

The nutrition pyramid provides you with a list of all the foods which are considered to be healthy and which will provide you with optimum levels of everything your body needs to remain fit and healthy. Below we take a look at the 4 levels, which make up the pyramid and the kinds of foods, which you should be eating when using it.

Base of the Pyramid - This includes those foods which contain complex carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, cereal and grains. All of which provide the body with energy which it needs. Plus these are essential especially in those people who choose to go with a very low fat diet plan. It is recommended that on average a person should be aiming to have between 6 and 11 servings of the foods in this group and this part of the pyramid each day.

Level 1 - This part of the pyramid is made up of fruit and vegetables and a person should be aiming to have between 3 and 5 servings of these particular foods each day. These foods are particular good as they contain essential vitamins such as A, C and D all of which are vital for our bodies to remain in good condition. A serving of these can be made up either of 1/2 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or an apple, banana or orange.

Level 2 - At this level of the pyramid you will find those foods which are essential for keeping the body in good condition but which you do not need to each as much of. Foods that come into this part of the pyramid are meats (lean), fish, eggs, beans and peas and dairy products. It is recommended that you should only have between 2 or 3 servings of the foods in these particular groups each day. So say 2 ounces of chicken breast with a green salad would constitute one serving on any given day.

Level 3 - Is made up of those foods which you should have very little of. In this group, you will find those foods, which contain fat and oil as well as sweet ones. The reason that you should not include too much of these in your diet are that they provide you with very few nutritional items and instead will provide you with more calories. So cut down on the oil you use when cooking and the sodas.

The reason why one should not cut out fat foods from their diet is that they actually protect the organs in the body by providing them with padding. Also these foods are essential at helping your skin and nails to remain healthy. The best kinds of oils to include within your diet if you need to use them are olive and canola ones.

By using the nutrition pyramid in your diet plan you will soon find that you feel a whole let better and your energy levels have begun to improve as well. So not only will you feel better but you will also start to look a whole lot better as well.
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