Lots of vegetables for a he althy life
Food pyramids represent graphically how much of what we should be eating. But the knowledge about our nutrition is increasing every day, and so even these rather rough schemes have to be renewed from time to time. The new pyramid for ovo-lacto vegetarians was presented at the International Conference on Vegetarian Diets. The vegetarian food pyramid was created by scientists from the Cornell-China-Oxford Project on Nutrition, Harvard School of Public He alth, and the Oldways Preservation & Exchange Trust. According to the researchers, it forms the basis for a balanced ovo-lacto-vegetarian diet for many people in a wide variety of cultures. This diet, which includes eggs and milk and products derived from them, is increasingly being linked in studies to lower rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity and sometimes even osteoporosis and other degenerative diseases.
The scientists see daily physical exercise and drinking plenty of water as the basis for a he althy life. Eat as many different foods as possible at each meal, especially fruits and vegetables, whole grains (oats, wheat, whole wheat bread, barley, kouscous, corn), and legumes (soy, beans, peanuts, and others). Daily consumption of nuts and seeds, protein, milk and soy cheese, milk (cow, almond, rice and soy milk) and vegetable oils is recommended. At the top are foods that should be eaten only rarely or in small amounts, if at all. Examples include eggs and candy.
The consumption of wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages is harmless in small quantities provided there is no risk of addiction.
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