Hooray! The food pyramid has been updated for the first time in 15 years!

By Meg Yonson |

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Nutrition Australia have updated their food pyramid for the first time in 15 years. They’re based on the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines, and get this – they’re fantastic! We’re not even joking…

Apparently this new approach was developed in response to “fad diets”, (we may have been mentioned…), but in fact this new food pyramid is totally in line with how we eat here at IQS. Go figure!

Check out the new food pyramid here:


Here are the major changes:

  • The food pyramid is now separated into five sections…. Not three. This gives Aussies a much clearer picture of what their diet should look like.
  • The new food pyramid gives veggies precedence over breads and cereals. Finally!
  • There’s so many greens. We see bok choy, pak choi, green beens, broccoli, zucchini, basil, rosemary and lettuce – and you guys know we love our greens.
  • More nutrient-dense whole grains are included. Like quinoa, cous cous, soba noodles and oats. See our note on grains at the bottom of this post.
  • Margarine has been taken off the new food pyramid! Do we need another exclamation point to show how excited we are? Okay, here’s one: !
  • There’s no allowance for added sugars. Yep, we knew we were onto something!
  • Fruits and veggies have different weighting. The new food pyramid calls for about three times as many veggies as whole fruit. This is exactly what we advocate at IQS – filling up on veggies first.
  • There’s no junk food at all. Not even in the “sometimes” area like the original food pyramid. Whole food for the win, yeah!
  • Good fats are actually good. The old food pyramid has margarine and reduced-fat spreads in the “sometimes” food. Now this spot is reserved for healthy fats like olive oil and almonds.
  • Spices and herbs have been included. We love this addition, as they are some of the most nutrient-dense additions to meal you can make.
  • Avocados are included in the “eat most” section. Now there’s definitely no need to feel bad about having an avo a day!

Is there any bad?

Hmm, not really. For a generic food pyramid which can’t possibly take into consideration each individual, it’s pretty great in general terms. If we were being really picky, we’d ask: why not list dried legumes over the tinned variety? They’re not that hard to prepare, right? And we’re still a little iffy on processed soy products like tofu. We tend to prefer the less-processed soy product tempeh instead.

Oh, and one last thing… we also reckon there’s still too much emphasis on grains. We tend to back off from them as there are other foods that are more nutrient-dense. We prefer to fill up on veggies, sustainable meats and good quality fats first and foremost. But still, we’re glad Nutrition Australia have included whole grains that we opt for like quinoa and oats in their new food pyramid.

So we’ve shared our thoughts on the new food pyramid, now we’re interested to hear yours. Let us know in the comments below:

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