There are several ways to eat healthy, but most experts would agree that sweets, chips, beer, and bacon are not one of them. Belgium’s new food pyramid has essentially kicked those items out of the triangle out right to really emphasise that they should not be part of our regular daily diet, while championing whole grains, fruit and vegetables within the pyramid itself.

The result has formed a “realistic model that fits perfectly into the Flemish food culture” but it could work really while if adopted by Irish appetites too. (Irish versions of this such as safefood and HSE healthy Ireland give vague outlines for eating healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle but lack specific foods) The pyramid goes from “meer” (more) to “minder” (less), indicating the recommended portion size within the categories.

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The largest section of the Belgian pyramid is a vegan’s paradise promoting large portions of whole grain breads, pastas, fruit and vegetables and beans to name but a few. The next category contains poultry, dairy, fish and eggs and at the very tip of the pyramid we have red meat and butter to be eaten “minder” (less) or in moderation.

Beside that (separate to the pyramid itself) you have all the delicious unhealthy things that we already know we shouldn’t be over-indulging on, so think of this model as a guideline to your desired healthy eating goals (with that separate section there just purely to tempt you!)

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