We want to grab your attention to this article on the subject of a healthy diet.
This article aims at providing you with the information that you will need in order to understand what a healthful looks like.
Most people want to eat healthy foods, and it’s easy to see why when you look at the benefits of eating a healthy diet.
First of all, eating right helps you maintain a healthy body and mind making it possible to live without ailments and the need for prescription drugs in many cases.
So, what exactly does a wholesome diet look like?
Let’s start with the food choices we should eat each day as suggested by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The MyPlate guide was introduced in 2011 and features an image of a plate divided into sections showing what should be consumed.
This easy to use plate image shows four types of food we eat as well as dairy.
Here are the four sections (or food groups) and their suggested amounts to eat each day:
- vegetables: 40 percent
- grains: 30 percent
- protein: 20 percent
- fruits: 10 percent
- plus dairy
A small serving such as a glass of milk or a cup of yogurt.
Using the MyPlate model, which has replaced the food pyramid, it’s easy to see at a glance what foods should be front and center on a healthy diet.
This visual image is reinforced by public health advocate, Dr. Marion Nestle, who states: Eat less, move more, eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
In fact, in the MyPlate model, the food group we should eat the most of is vegetables.
Almost half (40 percent) of a healthy diet should be made up of vegetables.
After vegetables, whole grains are the next food group coming in at 30 percent of a wholesome diet. Protein only makes up one-fifth of a beneficial diet (20 percent).
Fruits come in at just 10 percent. When fruits and vegetables are combined, the MyPlate model shows that half of your meal should come from these plant-based foods. Dairy is the last food group.
Is something missing? Yes, the MyPlate model doesn’t factor in fat and sugar at all like the old food pyramid diagrams did.
This is because fat and sugar, what we can safely call junk food in most cases, should be eaten in small amounts, only a few times a week.
So, to put this all together, a healthy balanced diet is one that features mostly fruits and vegetables. Half of your plate should include these plant-based foods.
Then the plate is rounded out with a small amount of lean protein, whole grains, and a serving of low-fat dairy.
This is a more straightforward way to see at a glance if we’re on the right track.
And being on the right road, at least most of the time is the key to making eating healthy a lifelong possibility.