The old Pyramid had three layers but to clarify how much of each food group should be included each day, the new one has been divided into five food groups. Thankfully it is suggested to limit salt and added sugar and the bottom layer which is the largest, is reserved for vegetables, fruit and legumes.
We are really fortunate that we can grow our own vegetables here...
...and also have several fruit and nut trees.
It is also recommended to use spices and herbs instead of salt to flavour foods which suits us fine as we have quite an assortment of herbs growing.
I have been reading a lot about the benefits of eating avocados to help lower cholesterol so it is nice to see them included in the bottom layer of the Pyramid which is the eat most of section. We have our own avocado tree as well which we share with the local wildlife.
If you are interested you can read a brief history of the Pyramid. Also if you would like to order a poster of the Food Pyramid or a magnet for your fridge just to remind you about the five layers of food which are recommended, you can order them from Nutrition Australia. The A2 size poster is $4.95 plus postage and the A5 size magnet is $3.75 plus postage.
I wonder how many of us actually eat the recommended portions of vegetables each day. I know I don't but I know I should and I hope to change that. Do you? Come on ....'fess up!