Mediterranean diet pyramid


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Mediterranean diet pyramid

A schematic representation of recommendations (by the World Health Organization, Harvard School of Public Health, and Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust) on the amounts of specific food groups that should be consumed daily. In contrast to the US Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid, which combines all high-protein foods (meat, poultry, fish and beans) in one category, the Mediterranean pyramid recommends increased fish and olive oil and decreased red meat consumption, passes beans into the nuts and legumes group, and categorises wine as optional.
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The inclusion of food literacy was especially important to Oldways, creators of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, whose mission has long included a focus on traditional diets, supported by a wide range of heritage-based educational programs designed to motivate better eating.
In particular, people resulting more informed reported higher consumption of some key foods of the Mediterranean diet pyramid, such as fruits and fresh fish, and a lower consumption of less healthy food such as animal fats," he said.
These days the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid is, in my opinion, the way to go.
The Mediterranean Diet pyramid differs from the USDAfood pyramid because we look at protein differently," explains Nicki Heverling, a registered dietician and program manager of Boston-based Oldway's Med Mark initiative and Mediterranean Foods Alliance.
It wasn't until 1993 that the Oldways Preservation Trust with the Harvard School of Public Health first presented the dietary pattern, now called the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, in a graphic pyramid format,'' notes Dun Gifford, president of the Oldways Preservation Trust, a Boston-based food issues think tank.
Oldways is a nonprofit "food issues think tank" best known for developing the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.
Oldways is best known for its family of healthy, traditional food pyramids, including the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, as well as its Whole Grains Council and Whole Grain Stamp, now on more than 8,600 products in 41 countries.
Recently, the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid was updated to showcase the role of herbs and spices, placing them at the heart of every meal for the flavor and health-promoting antioxidants they provide.
The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid guidelines endorse heavy consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains; olive oil as the principle fat; lean red meat consumed only a few times per month or somewhat more often in very small portions; low to moderate consumption of other foods from animal sources such as dairy products (especially cheese and yogurt), fish and poultry; and moderates consumption of wine (primarily at meals).
The Mexico City conference was organized by Oldways Preservation Trust, a nonprofit food issues think tank and developer of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.
Best known for developing the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, Oldways develops and organizes a wide variety of programs and materials about healthy, traditional and sustainable food choices for consumers, scientists, the food industry, health professionals, chefs, journalists and policy makers, and its effectiveness is well known.
It is analogous to the official Mediterranean Diet Pyramid introduced three years ago by Oldways and Harvard School of Public Health.

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