After 15 years, the well known to us all food pyramid has been updated.
It's the Australian's making the change, with Nutrition Australia releasing the new pyramid; basing it on the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines.
We are proud to say that here in New Zealand we were a little ahead of the game with the NZ heart foundation releasing an update in 2013, ditching their pyramid altogether for a new shape.
The main difference between the two is that the Australian version gives Veggies and Fruit a different weighing. We love this! They suggest a 3-to-1 on the veggies to fruit ratio :)
It's great that some of the things we've all known for some time are now being pushed into the mainstream.
Here are the key points from the updated guidelines:
- Fat is no longer evil. (whoop!)
- Whole grains are no longer in the eat most category and are replaced with veges and fruit (yay!), with grains pushed into second place.
(We know the debate about grains is heated. We are not going to get into it here - remember, this isn't a one size fits all recommendation)
- Meat, chicken, fish, legumes and eggs slide just underneath. These foods pack a rich source of protein, fat-soluble vitamins and essential minerals.
- There is NO allowance for junk food in the Australian pyramid! (The NZ one still classes it as a food to 'cut back on') Nice work Aussies!
Here are the two versions, let us know your comments below :)