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The Food Pyramid, does it still apply?

By Derrick Ong 25 February 2011 at 6:04 pm Many countries formulate dietary guidelines for their populations and seek to communicate the details through visual educational tools like the Food Pyramid. Singapore is similar in this respect with our Healthy Diet Pyramid (http://www.hpb.gov.sg/foodforhealth/article.aspx?id=2638). Grains make up the base of the pyramid, which suggests that rice, noodles, bread, oats, chappati and similar foods ought to be the basis of the healthy Singapore diet. However, given that Singaporeans are leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles, one wonders whether this recommendation still holds true since individual carbohydrate needs vary according to one’s energy output. Some countries like the U.S. have ditched the traditional pyramid and have recently revised their dietary guidelines to give the various food groups a more balanced emphasis (se...

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