The Brazilian Food Guide – Revolutionizing The Way We Look at Food

I thought I’d share with you another article I wrote for Collective Evolution, you can see the original post here and check out more of the site here. Enjoy!

Last year the Brazilian Ministry of Health did something pretty radical: they created a food guide that actually reflects healthful eating habits. 

The new guide offers a holistic, comprehensive, and ethical approach to diet, and the result is an incredibly refreshing (and quite radical – more on that later) manual for living a healthy life. Rather than dividing foods into subgroups in the typical Western, reductionist manner – carbs, protein, veggies, fruit, protein – and recommending what, in the Canadian context at least, feels like a simultaneously restrictive and unattainable number of servings to consume each day, Brazil’s guide breaks down foods in a much more natural way. Their four food categories are:

  1. naturally or minimally processed foods;
  2. oils, fats, salt and sugar;
  3. processed foods (these include bread, cheeses, cured meats and pickles); and
  4. ultra-processed foods.

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