The Latin American Diet Pyramid preserves and revitalizes centuries-old traditions and tastes. Whether you’re living in a geographical area, of Latin descent however living elsewhere, or whether you simply enjoy the vibrant tastes of Latin culinary traditions, we’ll help you learn about the foods of Latin America.
Latin Americans those that trace their ancestry to Cuba, Mexico, Puerto RICO Act or Central America and South America are the fastest-growing cluster within the US.
Variations have traditionally existed in the parts of Latin America where maize (corn), potatoes, peanuts, and beans are grown, including modern-day Mexico, and the other countries in Central and South America.
This feeding pattern may be a mix of the broad ancient diets of 4 major cultures: the native folks (Aztecs, Incas, Mayans, and different Native Americans), the Spanish, Portuguese, and continental Africans.
Starting at the bottom of the pyramid, you’ll ﬁnd:
Foods to eat every day: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Twice weekly servings of ﬁsh and seafood. Moderate portions of poultry, eggs, and dairy.
Infrequent servings of meats and sweets. Higher prevalence of overweight and fatness among Mexican yank men, compared to non-Hispanic white men and non-Hispanic black men.
Higher rates of asthma among Puerto Ricans – 2.2 times that of non-Hispanic whites, and 1.8 times that of non-Hispanic blacks, while Mexican Americans have some of the lowest rates of lifetime asthma.
A polygenic disorder death rate for Latin Americans that’s nearly one-and-a-half times on top of for non-Hispanic whites.
Although these health issues can’t be self-addressed only through diet, a return to some of the traditional foods that sustained their ancestors, as detailed on Old ways’ Latin American Diet Pyramid, will typically facilitate Latin Americans maintain or regain their health.
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