What is a balanced diet?

This is another of my attempts towards following a healthier lifestyle myself.

Apart from doing some physical exercise regularly, you also need to have a balanced diet (Click here to read more). The term “balanced” simply means that a diet meets your nutritional needs while not providing too much of any nutrients. To achieve a balanced diet, you must eat a variety of foods from each of the food groups.

There are several guidelines available to help you plan your balanced diet. They include:

  • The Food Guide Pyramid
  • The U.S. Dietary Guidelines (RDA guidelines)

The following is an image of the Food Guide Pyramid, where there are eight divisions from left to right. Food groups are arranged vertically, instead of horizontally like the older model, and are represented by six different colors and the person on the stairs represent physical activity.Food Pyramid

Foods from each group should be eaten daily. The wider the food group band, the more of that product you should eat, although the widths are a general guide to portion size, not an exact recommendation.

Further recommendations on the different food groups are as follows:

  • Grains(Orange), recommending that at least half of grains consumed be as whole grains
  • Vegetables(Green), emphasizing dark green vegetables, orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas
  • Fruits(Red), emphasizing variety and deemphasizing fruit juices
  • Oils(Yellow), recommending fish, nut, and vegetables sources, and to be used sparingly
  • Milk(Blue), a category that includes fluid milk and many other milk-based products
  • Meat and beans(Purple), emphasizing low-fat and lean meats such as fish as well as more beans, peas, nuts, and seeds

There is one other category:

Discretionary calories, represented by the narrow tip of each colored band, including items such as candy, alcohol, or additional food from any other group.

1 Response to “What is a balanced diet?”

  1. 1 Trish
    June 25, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Phew! Thank God for the samll while trianglular other category on top! 🙂

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