Get to Know the New Food Pyramid to Live a Healthier Life

· May 25, 2017
The new food pyramid starts with a much broader concept, which includes a mention of environmental health, emphasizing solidarity and sustainability. Learn more about it in this article!

If anything exemplifies the last decade, it’s change. Issues that had remained motionless for almost a century have collapsed thanks to the hard work of researchers and engineers.

This is what happened to the beliefs that were long held about food. Now, the Spanish Society for Community Nutrition (SENC) has established a new nutritional pyramid.

SENC developed this pyramid with the help of 100 experts in the field, who applied a variety of criteria that were already novel in themselves.

Today, we’ll take a look at some of the biggest changes.

  • Unlike the traditional food pyramid, the new one assumes that emotional health is also very important.
  • In this sense, it is based on the idea that food choices should be an act of solidarity.
  • Solidarity and love guarantee social and environmental sustainability.

This helps you ensure that good nutrition is not just a luxury of a few people, because consumption patterns eventually modify industrial practices.

If you opt for fair trade and organic products you’re therefore doing your body a favor.

You’re also taking care of your mind, however, because you know that you’re improving the lives of others – and that’s a comforting thing.

In addition to all that, you’ll be taking care of the environment.

Considering all these aspects, the SENC created a more complete and cross-cutting proposal. Do you want to know more about it?

Find out about the new food pyramid

The base of the new pyramid

As you know, at the base of the pyramid are habits that should be repeated at least five times a week.

  • This level includes one hour of exercise a day.
  • The consumption of fruits and vegetables from organic sources is recommended.
  • Finally, food should be better for you because it’s not contaminated by pesticides, and it’s also more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.
  • As for staying hydrated, we recommend water, tea, and coffee over any other alternatives. The latter two are preferable to natural juices because fruits can contain a lot of sugar.

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Second level

Here’s where we find out what you should do on a regular basis.

  • As we already described here, it’s a good idea to choose full grain and whole grain products. These are slow-acting carbohydrates.
  • For this reason, they give you the energy you need and contain a lot of fiber, iron, magnesium, and zinc. All of which facilitate good digestion and keep your metabolism going.
  • In addition to the above, they are more satisfying, so they help you avoid hunger pangs.
  • The pyramid also includes extra virgin olive oil to point out the necessity of consuming healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids. Nevertheless, it’s important to consume it raw, as heat decomposes the cellular structure of this liquid gold. The hotter the oil is, the more harmful it is for you, which explains why you shouldn’t use it to fry foods.

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Third level

Finally, you have your meat and processed foods. Perhaps the most important part about this category in this new food pyramid is that it warns about the risks involved in protein-rich diets.

Many weight loss diets have this characteristic. Keep in mind, however, that it’s not easy for your liver to synthesize proteins, so it’s not a good idea to abuse them.

On the other hand, taking nutritional supplements is acceptable on an occasional basis, but it’s best to only take them under the advice of your doctor.

You might need a particular supplement, but not many. That’s why it’s better for a professional to tell you what you need.

Above all, the SENC guidelines stress the need to live and eat with love. They’re not talking about superficial love, but a deep a serious commitment between you and your environment.

When you start living this way, your habits will change for the better automatically.

Loving yourself and others means being respectful of your needs and remaining in solidarity with others. When you take care of yourself, you also improve the health of the earth.

When you think about it, it doesn’t sound so crazy, does it?