Belgium's Official Food Pyramid Classifies Bacon as Junk Food
You have to take your hat off to Belgium as they have just released their new nutrition guidelines and many vegans will be suitably impressed!
Belgium's ‘Flemish Institute of Healthy Life’ has inverted the typical food pyramid where the top section demonstrates what you should eat the most of including water, fruits, vegetables and TOFU!
What you should eat the least of is the small tip of the triangle at the bottom (butter, red meats.)
Unfortunately, the pyramid does still include meat and dairy, in small quantities, but the fact they have put a vegan diet at the top, including tofu, is pretty groundbreaking! They have kicked out pepperoni, bacon and various other meats altogether!
The meat industry is trying to kick back against the World Health Organization announcement that eating large quantities of red and processed meat is actually bad for you.
The World Health Organization stated that, "After thoroughly reviewing the accumulated scientific literature, a Working Group of 22 experts from 10 countries convened by the IARC Monographs Programme classified the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans, based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat causes cancer in humans and strong mechanistic evidence supporting a carcinogenic effect."
How can you argue with that? The facts from an organisation like the WHO. The meat industry will of course try but it seems that the message is sinking in as a general consensus, where red and processed meat is just not getting the positive air time it once had… times are changing!
Belgium has stood firmly behind its decision to rule out deli and processed meats. Processed foods, in general, hold a lot of sodium which is linked to increased risk of health problems, including heart disease and stomach cancer. Red meat has been linked to all of these health issues and from a vegan perspective, the death of an innocent animal never justifies the individual craving to eat a sausage.
You can see the Belgian food pyramid here;