University of Michigan nutrition experts
have devised a "Healing Foods Pyramid" that they say emphasizes
foods offering healing benefits, plant-based choices, "variety
and balance, mindful eating, and support of a healthful environment."
Water forms the base of the pyramid,
followed by fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, healthy
fats, dairy, eggs, lean meats, fish and seafood, and seasonings
such as garlic, onions and herbs. Those are followed by accompaniments
such as tea, dark chocolate and alcohol.
The final category at the top
of the pyramid is empty, reserved for special treats that might
be consumed occasionally, according to experts at the University
of Michigan Integrative Medicine Clinical Services (UMIMCS).
Daily, weekly and optional choices
that can be mixed and matched are also offered on the Healing
Foods Pyramid, which was drawn from findings from a number of
"We have included only those
foods known to have healing benefits or to contain essential
nutrients," pyramid co-developer Dr. Monica Myklebust, director
of UMIMCS, said in a prepared statement. "Often nutrients are
best assimilated in the form of whole foods, in their natural
state. We hope this pyramid will serve as a practical guide
to healthy eating. We encourage a celebration of abundance,
variety and nourishment."
Pyramid co-developer and UMIMCS
dietitian Jenna Wunder also suggests "minimizing processed foods
and those foods with ingredient names too long to pronounce."
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