Japanese Food Pyramid - Japan food guide

In this article, we are going to talk about the Japanese Food Pyramid (食事バランスガイド), a great base and guide for those who want to eat good food in Japan. This pyramid is a little old and has been circulating around Japan and on the internet when we talk about the food pyramid.

In this article, we will understand this pyramid involving the japanese diet. It is worth making it clear that this cannot be considered as something 100% accurate, it is just a guide and base detailing what the Japanese diet is or should be.

Inverted Japanese Food Pyramid

For some reason the Japanese food pyramid has been turned upside down. At the top we find a man running symbolizing exercises. The core at the top symbolizes water and tea.

A yellow section represents grains, rice, bread, onigiri, macaroni and pasta. According to the size of the base you should consume 5 to 7 servings a day and about 4 medium servings should be rice.

A green section represents vegetables such as potatoes, mushrooms and seaweed. You should consume 5 to 6 servings a day. THE brown section represents meat, fish, eggs and soy dishes. You should consume 3 to 5 servings a day.

Japanese food pyramid

A last section is divided into 2. On the left we have the dairy products that you should consume about 2 or 3 servings a day. On the right we have fruits that should also be consumed twice a day. The little one blue rope on the left represents sweets, beverages, coffee and other industrialized products that should be consumed in moderation.

Note that the graph is accurate showing the amount of food and how many servings they represent. For example, a serving of fried chicken is already equivalent to 3 servings while a fried tofu is equivalent to one.

Undoubtedly, this food pyramid is different from that of other countries. Overall, you will notice how this food pyramid correlates strongly with a traditional Japanese meal at dinner and breakfast time.

Remember to enjoy your meals. Establish a healthy rhythm by keeping regular times for your meals that should be balanced with staple foods. Combine vegetables, fruits, dairy products and fish in your diet. Remember to avoid fat and salt in your diet and don't forget about physical activity. I hope you enjoyed this little article. xD

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