Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A New Food Pyrmaid?

YES! The Harvard School of Public Health has set out to create a new guide to good nutrition that uses the familiar pyramid shape, but incorporates current research findings in a more straightforward way that people can more easily adapt to their daily lives.

"The updated pyramid, based on data from the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, has four components that differ from the US Department of Agriculture's 2005 recommendations. Exercise and weight control are at the base of the pyramid to stress their importance, vitamin D is added in a bottle off to the side reflecting deficiencies many people have, dairy is limited to two servings a day because more doesn't help, and sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas are added to the pyramid's tip, in the "use sparingly" category that also includes red meat, salt, and refined grains, the site says.

And that wine glass? That means moderate drinking can offer health benefits to many people, but it's not for everyone. So don't start."

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