Nutrition: Then VS Now
If you grew up in the US and went to elementary school before 2003 then you’ll understand what we're trying to say here. Health Ed, science, and Home Economics teachers were instructed to follow a set of California teaching principles surrounding the idea of nutrition and health. This included Exercise Prescription/Modalities, The Food Pyramid, BMI, and reproductive health. For today we’ll only dissect The Food Pyramid (AKA,the Food Guide Pyramid).
The issue is it doesn't distinguish the different kinds of proteins, fats, and carbs. As said by the Department of Nutrition for the Harvard Public School of Health, “With an overstuffed breadbasket as its base, the Food Guide Pyramid failed to show that whole wheat, brown rice, and other whole grains are healthier than refined grains.” Carbs are not the enemy, they are the main source of your body’s energy. They fuel the brain, kidneys, heart, and central nervous system.
There are different types of fats as well. However all fats are placed under one category and are said to avoid. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils, nuts, and seeds that prevent many health issues are the ones included in that part of the pyramid that should rather be enforced to eat. According to Harvard Health Publishing, “Omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent and even treat heart disease and stroke. In addition to reducing blood pressure, raising HDL, and lowering triglycerides, polyunsaturated fats may help prevent lethal heart rhythms from arising.” It is also essential for blood clotting, muscle movement, and reducing inflammation.
Knowing the difference between good carbs versus bad carbs, good fats versus bad fats, etc.is the most important thing about eating a balanced and nutritious diet. The old pyramid fails to explain this difference and most of the population, if following the pyramid, is confused. The Department of Nutrition for the Harvard Public School of Health created a new version of the Food Pyramid and called it the Healthy Eating Pyramid (included in the article) which is more realistic to follow and easier to understand when choosing what to put on your plate! DISCLAIMER, We’re not stating this is the gold standard for everyone's’ way of eating, it is just a more realistic food pyramid when following daily common nutritional guidelines. It also gives examples of the differences between good versions and bad versions of carbs and fats.
To help you get started on your nutrition journey, it might be beneficial for an individual to meet with their nutritionist or meals specialist! Lucky for you, Body One Fitness has a partnership with a meals specialist, "Moyer Meals". His meal plans can be found on our MindBody site for easy an purchase! www.bodyonefitness.com (Select RPV or Redondo). If you're participating in our 2020 Challenge, this might be a great choice for you!
Have fun creating your plate of colorful nutritious foods!
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“Healthy Eating Pyramid.” The Nutrition Source, 4 Jan. 2019, www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-eating-pyramid/. Peer, Marisa. “Food Pyramid Is Wrong- Here's Why.” Marisa Peer, 28 Mar. 2019, marisapeer.com/food-pyramid-is-wrong/.
Harvard Health Publishing. “The Truth about Fats: the Good, the Bad, and the in-Between.” Harvard Health, 13 Aug. 2018, www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-truth-about-fats-bad-and-good.