The African Heritage Food Pyramid

I want to start Black History Month off right, sharing with you the Oldways African Heritage Food Pyramid. Oldways has worked the past few years to create content that gears communities of color toward better eating habits and health patterns based in and on the traditional diets of Latin America, South and East Asia, Africa and her Diaspora and the Middle East and Mediterranean.

For my purposes I discourage gluten intake, dairy intake and white potatoes. Doesn’t mean I don’t eat them, I just work to curtail them in my daily diet. These foods simply weren’t common or traditional to the West and Central diet in the days of contact. When I limit these foods my body feels better. Utilize the food pyramid as a guide to begin to navigate how you want to eat to live.

Note: the leafy greens, black eyed peas, rice, fresh fruit, spices, high water intake and the cute sweet potato pie up top!

If you want to learn more about Oldways:

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About michaelwtwitty

I am a Judaics teacher and Culinary Historian focusing on the foodways of Africa, enslaved African Americans, African America and the African and Jewish diasporas.
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8 Responses to The African Heritage Food Pyramid

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  2. Sageleaf says:

    Very cool! We should all do well do follow this. 🙂
    But…cheese. I don’t eat much meat at all, but…cheese.
    Anyways, looking forward to your posts this month.

  3. Justin says:

    Many of these ingredients are actually indigenous to North America or Asia, not Africa. For example corn, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers are all native to north or south America. This website makes a point of promoting “culinary justice” for Africans and African Americans but doesn’t always promote the same sort of justice for Native Americans, Asians or other diaspora. (Giving credit for a corn dish and not even mentioning Mexico isn’t exactly justice.) I totally agree that the African diaspora deserves MUCH more credit for their influence on american cuisine. But if we are going concern ourselves with the origin of an ingredient or with giving credit than we should at least be accurate.

  4. Alisa Boyd says:

    Excellent diet plan for people of every heritage! Everyone should eat more greens!

  5. Myeisha says:

    I looked on the oldways website and it seemed like meat and fat were a bit discouraged. Why?

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