The Asian Food Pyramid

I was delighted with the Image of the Day: If Kids Designed the Food Pyramid entry, and here is the Food Pyramid from Japan. This image is widely promoted by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. It shows a spinning top to illustrate the nation's goal for "food balance" or a balanced diet. The Japanese guide resembles a spinning top, and note at the very top there is a guy running, as a reminder of the need for exercise!

More details below the fold.The blue cup at the top shows water and tea.

The yellow section is the largest, representing grains--rice, bread, noodles and pasta. You should get between 5 to 7 servings a day. The green section represents vegetables--such as potato, mushrooms and seaweeds. You should get 5 to 6 servings a day. The brown section represents meat, fish, eggs and soy-bean dishes. You should get about 3 to 5 servings a day.

The last section is broken into two. On the left represents dairy products which you should get about 2 servings per day. And on the right there are fruits (2 servings per day).

There is a little string to the left representing sweets, alcohol, and coffee, which we should all be having in moderation...

I like how the Japanese food guide is based on local conditions, with an emphasis on rice. While Japan imports a lot of food, rice is one crop that the country is still self-sufficient in. I think they have taken food mileage into consideration as well. How about your country's food pyramid? Does it take local environmental factors into consideration?

Written by Martin Frid at, Hat Tip for the inspiration to Our Adventures in Japan, a wonderful blog about Japanese foods.

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