Understanding Food Pyramid

understanding food pyramid

Carbohydrates are necessary

Carbohydrates are the primary source of energy for our body. Carbohydrates have gotten a bad rep by fad diets, however they are not all bad. It’s how we eat them (e.g. donuts, cake, fries) and how much we eat of them (e.g. an entire large pizza) that can make them dangerous.

Refined carbs such as sugar, refined flours, sweeteners & high fructose corn syrup are void of nutrients and can cause many health ailments. Unrefined carbs are those that you would find in nature – such as fruits, vegetables, tubers, legumes, and whole grains. Unrefined carbs contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals needed for proper body function and energy production.

We recommend that you choose your sources of carbohydrates wisely. Whether complex (whole grains, vegetables, beans) or simple (fruits, milk, sugar), most of your carbohydrate consumption must come from unrefined sources.

At Green Coriander, we include natural carbohydrates such as grains like wheat, rice, beans, lentils and vegetables like potatoes, peas, and carrots.

Importance of protein

Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Our body uses protein to build and repair tissues and to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.

The types of protein we eat play a role in our overall health. Large quantities of processed meats such as hot dogs, sausages, and deli meats have been linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Just as with carbohydrates, certain sources of protein are better than others.

With Green Coriander meals, you will be getting your proteins from wholesome sources: fish, poultry, tofu, beans, lentils, nuts, and whole grains – all of which are considered good sources of protein by nutrition experts.

Good fats are good

Despite prevailing rhetoric, it can be as unhealthy to fear and avoid all fats as it is to consume them in large quantities. Fat is essential as it supplies the body with necessary fatty acids for growth, healthy skin, vitamin-absorption, and regulation of bodily functions.

When it comes to fat, quality is as important as quantity. And that is why atGreen Coriander we cook only in oils with monounsaturated fats and use oil in small quantity. If you find oil floating at the side of any of our dishes, we guarantee you your money back.