A vegan food pyramid is useful to plan an optimal vegetarian meal plan as it gives a good idea about the quantity of foods, as well as the kinds of food that are required to uphold the nutrient levels in your body. The base of the pyramid represents greatest requirement, decreasing as the food groups approach the apex of the pyramid. Let’s have a deeper look into it:
Whole grains: They include bread, cereals, pasta, brown rice, millet, barley, oats, etc. and form the base of the food pyramid
Vegetables: They include greens, which are rich in folate and fiber, as well as vegetables that are rich in calcium. It is best to include them raw and fresh, and consume them as salads or juice. They occupy the level next to the whole grains in the vegan food pyramid.
Fruits: You should include a variety of fruits as they supply plenty of vitamin C. You can eat strawberries, mangoes, papaya, citrus fruits, etc. so that a good variety is contained in your diet. Fruits occupy the level above the vegetables in the pyramid.
Legumes: They include beans, peas, etc. and supply the essential minerals and protein for your body. Soymilk and tofu are also important. Legumes occupy the position above fruits in the food pyramid chart.
Dairy products: They consist of milk, cheese, curds, etc. and occupy the place above legumes in your food pyramid.
Fatty acids and other vitamins: They include omega3s and vitamins B12 and D. You can take supplements or alternatives, such as plant based meat to obtain them. You can take canola oil, flax oil, walnuts and supplements. This category of food occupies the position above the dairy products in the food pyramid.