A healthy balanced diet is simply one that has a balanced mixture of all five of the major food groups, in appropriate proportions. The diagram on the left is not necessarily an accurate representation, but it does make evident the underlying premise upon which the concept of balanced is based. In this article, we’ll look at some of the types of a balanced diet.
The Classical American Balanced Diet
It is which had its roots in the Great Depression, had four major components: fruits and vegetables, cereals, legumes and whole grains, dairy products, meat, and fats. Nowadays, these foods are a bit less varied, with some foods being substituted for other kinds of carbohydrates, for example, whole-grain bread and pasta (these are called “gluten-free” or “wheat-free” bread and pasta), and oils and fats substituted for butter and other animal fats. The four food groups are still widely used, though you’ll usually see less of some of them on the table. Here’s a look at some of the other types of a balanced diet, to give you a sense of the broad range of foods that you can eat.
A Healthy Mediterranean Diet
It is made up of a lot of fruits and vegetables, some legumes and whole grains, and mostly red wine or olive oil, with little or no dairy products and very limited amounts of red meats or other animal fats. The typical Mediterranean diet includes a wide range of colors, mostly red and orange, with black and green …Read More