Constance Brown-Riggs and the African Heritage Diet Pyramid

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    The meat-focused, heavy fat and sugar diet that many African-Americans consume is often blamed on “soul food,” but the roots of a true African-based diet are plant-based.

    Even through World War II, many black Americans who survived the Great Depression and food-rationing during the war, can tell you that meat was not an every meal, every day phenomenon.

    Oldways, a nonprofit food and nutrition education organization, has introduced a series of healthy eating pyramids, including Mediterranean, Asian, Latin American and vegetarian, to encourage people to get back to healthy eating traditions.

    Its African Heritage Diet Pyramid focuses on food from the four African Diasporan regions – Africa, the Caribbean, South America and the American South – and provides dishes and recipes that reflect the cuisines of specific cultures in each region.

    Oldways has a brochure and portal on its website that includes resources, grocery lists, recipes and other heritage information.

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    3 thoughts on “Constance Brown-Riggs and the African Heritage Diet Pyramid

    1. Things that make you say hmmm. Could it be that our parents and grandparents have lived long and healthy lives because although they may have not always eaten the healthiest diet, they did not eat a diet that was meat laden. We are a strong community and its time we realized that we could be stronger and live longer productive lives with just a few adjustments in our way of life.

    2. So far what amazes me is there are no comments. We know the truth about our diets and lifestyles, yet turn a blind eye. The same stuff the we call soul food make be taking our souls in the preparation and eating habits.

    3. So far what amazes me is there are no comments. We know the truth about our diets and lifestyles, yet turn a blind eye. The same stuff the we call soul food make be taking our souls in the preparation and eating habits.

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