Most of us grew up with the Four Food Groups. They were relentlessly drilled into us at school, courtesy of the meat and dairy industries who paid/pay for all of that literature. So, having cut out two of the original four food groups, where do we go from there? Another easy way to remember where we really ought to be getting our nutrition from has been mapped out by the folks over at the PRCM website. Their new four food groups – vegetables, fruit, grains, and legumes. I would put seeds in with the grains, and nuts into the legume category. And here’s a lovely food pyramid for those of you who prefer to look at that.
As far as specific nutritional concerns, I find it interesting that most of the potentially problematic nutrients are an issue regardless of how you eat. Even B-12 deficiencies (which is always touted as the missing component in a diet which excludes animal products) also occur among people who do eat food from animal sources. However, that doesn’t mean these nutrients aren’t still worthy of extra attention to ensure that we are getting enough of them in our diets.
Some nutrients to pay attention to include:
B-12, Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamin D, Calcium, and Iodine.
Here’s a link to a helpful site with more in depth information on this topic.
Now, what I’m wondering is, is anyone interested in this type of nutritional information? Or is it just me 🙂 ?
Let me know, either way. Do you want more? If so, what do you want to know about? And if not, mention that too.