The NEW Food Pyramid

The current food pyramid has been heavily criticized by doctors and nutritionists for being inadequate. Dr. Walter Willett, head of Harvard’s Department of Nutrition, is lobbying for a new pyramid that emphasizes healthy fats, nuts, legumes, whole grains, physical activity, and weight control. Here is Dr. Willett’s new food pyramid recommendation:

New food pyramid
The NEW Food Pyramid

As you can see the new food pyramid has several upgrades from the current pyramid. Dr. Willett has added information from the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health’s DASH Diet to lower blood pressure and prevent cardiovascular disease. Here are the major upgrades:

  1. Fruits and vegetables are near the foundation
  2. The emphasis of the chart is on exercise and weight control
  3. Emphasis on choosing healthy fats (vegetable oils) and olives, avocado, trans fat free margarines etc. as part of a good diet
  4. Eating nuts daily
  5. Limiting intake of red meat and butter
  6. Using low fat milk and yogurt, or calcium fortified soy milk in place of high fat dairy
  7. Limiting high glycemic foods such as soda pop, French fried potatoes, and highly refined foods including baked goods high in trans-fatty acids
  8. Emphasis on eating more legumes (vegetable proteins and high in soluble fiber)

We suggest you follow this new food pyramid model as a guide to eating a healthy diet.