Healthy Eating There is a lot of confusion out there about what to eat. The Harvard Public School Nutrition Department based on the best and latest nutrition science, developed the Healthy Eating Pyramid
(See charts below).
It is a practical guide to maintaining a healthy diet. All the components of a healthy diet are displayed in the pyramid. The foundation is weight control and daily exercise. It shows that one should eat more foods from the bottom part (whole grains, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats than the top part which contains red meats, refined grains, sugars and salty snacks). It is meant to be an easy-to understand, flexible guide to how one should eat. Serving sizes vary from person to person.
Small amounts of sweets in this pyramid rest on a broad foundation of vegetables and fruits emphasizing the health benefits in the base of the pyramid. Ten years later, the pyramid was modified to give less space to breads and more space to vegetables. Colorful produce like green broccoli, lettuce, red tomatoes and deeply colored blackberries are all a strong mix of health promoting foods.