Nutrition provides the basis for the acquisition and maintenance of good health and is associated with a reduced risk of developing degenerative diseases. However there are many misconceptions about what a healthy diet really is and many people may not be well educated about what a healthy diet is.
While some general guidelines may be described as helpful in food choices, ultimately each person is different and will need to adapt and adjust his or her diet to suit his or her needs and goals. The presence of certain health conditions, malnutrition and chemical idiosyncrasies may also require adjustment to the inclusion of macronutrient or micronutrient supplements and supplements may be recommended to allow greater health potential to be available to that person.
The food guide pyramid was still used to guide the general public in their choice of healthy food. Unfortunately in the USA this is considered illegal because it is done by members of companies involved in the production of cereals, dairy products and meat.
Some experts have adapted the diet guide pyramid to represent more accurately what is considered healthy food based on new nutrition information. There are several variations but usually a larger lower extremity with vegetables and fruits with sorghum and mashed potatoes on top to emphasize the use of carbohydrates with a low glycemic index. These pyramids also differentiate between different types of fats so that the essential fatty acids can be overlooked in their importance by being classified as high.
These towers can be very helpful in choosing food to create healthy foods that contain nutritious foods in the right parts of a healthy lifestyle.