The model of the double food pyramid recommends a diet with lots of fruit and vegetables and little red meat. There Mediterranean diet in short, what's so new that it pushes us to talk about it again?
Again there is that the Mediterranean diet, and with it the double food pyramid, now also like the consultants of the US government.
What has never happened since 1980, the year of the issue of guidelines on nutrition in the United States, the Obama government's committee of doctors and nutritionists recognized the link between sustainability and nutrition by stating in black and white (here you can find the full report) that a Plant-based diet is good for both the environment and health.
American experts recommend a high consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts, low refined sugars and moderate alcohol consumption. In short, the Mediterranean diet, which in this way enters the final guidelines on nutrition of the US ministries of health and agriculture. And this is because it is an environmentally friendly diet.
What is the double food pyramid?
It is an analysis model conceived by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition represented graphically by two pyramids placed side by side and oriented in the opposite direction. On the one hand, there is the food pyramid with the highest recommended foods at the base and the least recommended ones at the top. Next to it is the environmental pyramid, built by measuring the impact on the environment of the foods present in the food pyramid and arranging them in an inverted pyramid: at the bottom (at the top of the triangle) the foods with the lowest environmental impact and the most polluting ones at the top. .
The combination of food pyramid to environmental pyramid highlights that the foods recommended for higher consumption (fruit, vegetables and cereals) are also those that have a lower environmental impact. On the contrary, the foods that nutritionists recommend low consumption (sweets, red meat and cheeses) are also those that have the most impact on the environment.