Constance Brown-Riggs and the African Heritage Diet Pyramid

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“In my work with the African-American community, I see a general lack of education in terms of the foods their ancestors prepared and enjoyed; today these food connections are all but lost,” Constance Brown-Riggs, a registered dietician, nutrition educator and author of “The African American Guide to Living Well with Diabetes,” said in a statement announcing the introduction of the diet in November.

“This pyramid is an important new educational tool; it is an innovative way that we, as health professionals, can communicate with, connect to and educate African-Americans,” said Brown-Riggs, who was part of the committee that developed the diet.

The recipes include a number of familiar foods, including pumpkin, jollof rice, black-eyed peas and catfish. The diet also encourages few sweets and minimal meat consumption, including going meatless once a week.

“We are introducing The African Heritage Diet Pyramid because the traditional diets of the African Diaspora…offer a powerful, affordable, healthy eating model and meet the guidelines promoted today by health professionals everywhere,” Sara Baer-Sinnott, president of Oldways, said in the statement.

“Scientific studies show that many chronic conditions now prevalent in African-American communities appear in populations as traditional diets are left behind.”

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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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