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A vegetarian food pyramid

An alternative -- Cornell and Harvard researchers have developed an official vegetarian pyramid.


Vegetarian Pyramid

The Vegetarian Diet Pyramid is linked from It is © 1998 Oldways Preservation & Exchange Trust. For more information on the Vegetarian Food Pyramid and other food pyramids, including the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, Latin American Diet Pyramid, and Asian Diet Pyramid, see the Oldways Preservation & Exchange Trust Web site.

Content: emphasizes whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables and seeds. (The value of daily physical activity is also acknowledged, although this is not strictly a nutritional issue.)

Potential bearing on nutritional problems:

  1. Zn -- shellfish, beef & other red meats, whole grain cereals, nuts, legumes are the best dietary sources.
    (But red meats and dairy fats are high in cholesterol and saturated fatty acids).
  2. Ca -- dairy products, dark green vegetables (broccoli, kale, turnip and collard greens), nuts, corn tortillas processed with lime, fish with soft bones are the best dietary sources.
  3. Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) -- seeds and vegetable oils are the best dietary sources.

Explore: A brief explanation of the vegetarian food pyramid appears in the January 15, 1998 Cornell Chronicle.


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