Health Through Heritage: The African Heritage Diet Pyramid

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Click the "Listen to Audio" link above to hear Dr. Harris' interview with Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN, Author of The African-American Guide to Living Well with Diabetes. Ms. Brown-Riggs is an Oldways program advisor and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

Eating the foods of our ancestors may be the secret to good health, according to Oldways, which recently unveiled the latest in its family of five healthy eating pyramids.  The African Heritage Diet Pyramid, created by Oldways along with an advisory team of experts, is an evidence-based and practical tool for African American communities, using heritage as a motivator for change.

"We introduced the African Heritage Diet Pyramid because the traditional diets of the African Diaspora -- Africa, the Caribbean, South America and the American South -- offer a powerful, affordable, healthy eating model and meet the guidelines promoted today by health professionals everywhere," said Sara Baer-Sinnott, president, Oldways, a nonprofit food and nutrition education organization, guiding people to good health through heritage.



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