Last week saw the launch of Ireland’s latest Healthy Food for Life Food Pyramid. This new model brings us closer to the Harvard Pyramid model, designed to make you healthier and provide advice on how to balance your .
We asked our Director and founder, Richard Burton to share his thoughts on the new Food Pyramid….
Vegetables vs. starchy foods
“I think the new version reflects a shift in a good direction, with vegetables,and fruit now replacing the largest shelf of the pyramid formerly occupied by starchy foods.
But when it comes to fats,& oils, I feel there’s still too much emphasis on reducing amounts, instead of on better quality products.
Reduced-fat– recommended in the new pyramid – are made from cheap, ultra-refined oils with all their fat-soluble vitamins and other valuable factors stripped out. Loaded with omega 6 fatty acids yet devoid of omega 3, these low-grade products contribute to the inflammation-related health problems suffered by so many people. Reduced-fat are ‘fake’ foods that have no place in a healthy .
Why official dietary recommendations differ from current nutritional knowledge
If you wonder why officialrecommendations often seem disconnected from current knowledge, Professor of Public at UCC, Ivan Perry, explains: ‘ pyramids in all countries are a compromise between science, the government and the food sector. The idea that they are purely based on is not true.’
So, if the officialPyramid is born of compromise, it might be wise for people who don’t believe in compromising their to take it with a pinch of ( !”
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We would love to know – Do you think it’s a positive move? What is your understanding? Will it make you change your eating habits? Do you even refer to the food pyramid forconsiderations?
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