You may have noticed that nutrition is near and dear to my heart. This chart passed before my eyes a couple of weeks ago, and I really want to share it. It is the best one I have ever seen because it is more than just a “pie chart” of a few representative foods in each group. I like the way it shows many different foods within each category, and found it particularly appealing, not only for the information that it imparts so easily, but as a picture itself.
I am in no way a health professional, but when I read about what each food group shown brings to the party for our overall health, it would seem counterproductive to eliminate an entire group, unless there is a serious hazard for one’s particular bodily functions or health. I’m not convinced that depriving one’s body of one or more of these major food groups without serious reason is really a good idea, but to each one’s own.
I totally understand about wanting to eliminate the eating of the flesh of animals because of respect for life, but enjoying their output of eggs, milk, cheese, etc. seems innocuous enough. If one is concerned about the conditions in which animals are raised for their food products, then perhaps it is possible for the consumer to seek out, as much as possible, where animals are raised in humane conditions, and patronize those businesses.
Although we easily do without big hunks of meat (we are low-volume meat eaters), I really can’t imagine a world without whole wheat toast and poached duck eggs! That said, I really am curious about each person’s reasoning behind this type of category elimination, and very much welcome comments on the subject.
Please tell us what you think!