In your country, what foods are considered “healthy”? Many countries have their own guidelines to follow. For example, you may be surprised to learn that apples are one of the healthiest foods available in the U.S. But what about other countries? Are their diets based on the same guidelines? There are many ways to improve your diet, and some of them are even fun! Listed below are some ways to make your meals healthier.
WHO guidelines for a healthy diet recommend that we eat a variety of fruit and vegetables daily. Interestingly, almost all countries follow these guidelines. A large majority recommend eating more fruit and vegetables than we do. Furthermore, the guidelines for limiting sugar and fat are similar across countries. But a few countries emphasize the importance of eating fruits and vegetables of different colors. Other countries, like Ireland, stress the importance of eating the top shelf of the food pyramid.
Legumes are often included in key messages along with grains, protein, and vegetables. Legumes and nuts are less often included in key messages related to vegetables and fats, but most countries recommend eating them regularly. Only 12% of countries include quantitative recommendations on nuts and legumes. So if you’re a vegetarian, you might want to consider eating more of them. And don’t forget to incorporate whole grains!