Recently conducted government surveys reveal that more than a third of Australia’s population derives their daily energy from junk food. To curb the high dependence on junk food, Nutrition Australia released a new healthy food pyramid earlier this week aiming to address the growing confusion and reduce the incidence of risky fad diets.
However, this is definitely not a good news for junk food manufacturers in the country. The foundation layers of the food pyramid included only green leafy vegetables and plant based food. At the bottom, the pyramid began with vegetables, fruits, and legumes. This stage is followed by grains such as couscous, wholegrain cereal, quinoa, and oats. The next layer of the pyramid comprises yoghurt, cheese, milk, and alternatives, plus poultry, lean meat, eggs, fish, nuts, and seeds. Soy milk and tofu also makes an appearance in this layer.
The top most layer of the pyramid has “healthy fats” to counter saturated and trans fats. These can be obtained from unrefined monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which in turn are derived from plant sources, such as nut oil, virgin olive oil, and seed oils. Fish and avocados are also identified as rich source of healthy fats by the pyramid. However, this time around Australia’s healthy food pyramid has eliminated butter altogether, which has been its favorite since forever. Other products eliminated by food pyramid are sugar and margarine.
The pyramid also contains a warning about junk foods, which says, consuming added sugars, especially found in food such as chocolate, lollypop, biscuits, cakes, soft drinks, and desserts will unnecessarily add extra kilojoules to the healthy diet of any person. It not only increased the weight of the person but also increases his risk of developing diabetes, cancer, and other cardio-vascular diseases.