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Monday, February 5, 2007

The Healthy Food Pyramid.

In March 1990, Health and Welfare Canada published its new nutritious recommendations for Canadians which are:
  • Make your nutrition more enjoyable by variety.
  • Give the bigger part of your nutrition to cereals, breads and other grain products and also to vegetables and fruits.
  • Choose more dairy products, meats and more lean foods.
  • Try to obtain and maintain a healthy weight by being active regularly and by eating healthy.
  • Consume salt and caffeine in moderation.

With a little imagination, it is possible to improve our nutrition and to vary our daily menus. To feel physically fit and obtain the necessary nutrition for good health, variety is the secret to a balanced diet. We should consume nutrients of every group of the Healthy Food Pyramid each day:

  • Grain Products: include all kinds of breads, cereals, rice and pasta. They mainly supply Vitamin B Complex and fibre.
  • Fruits and Vegetables are a source of dietary fibre, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
  • Dairy Products are important for bone development of adolescents and maintenance of bone structure of adults. It contains mostly calcium and protein.
  • Meat and Meat Substitutes are an excellent source of iron and protein. All meats, fish, tofu, legumes and nuts.
  • Fats and refined sugar may be consumed in moderation.
Later on we are going to present to you some healthy menus, balanced according the Healthy Food Pyramid. We also propose ways to convert so called “standard” menus into more health-conscious ones.

Our philosophy is that the pleasure of eating well does not have to be complicated!


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