Developed in 2009 by the BCFN Foundation, the Double Pyramid shows us that our food choices play a key role for our wellbeing and for the environment.
The model indeed shows that the foods with low environmental impact are the same for which a more frequent consumption is recommended, whereas foods with a higher environmental impact are the ones that should be consumed with moderation.
In the food pyramid food is located based on the recommended consumption frequency, established according to the correct nutritional balance defined by the Mediterranean Diet.
At the base of the pyramid there are foods of vegetable origin, rich in nutrients and protective substances, such as vegetables, pulses, fresh and dried fruit, and cereals, half of which whole grain.
At the top of the pyramid there are instead foods with a growing energy density that should be consumed less frequently, including fish, white meat and dairy products, and finally, the products, such as sweets and red meat, for which a
more moderate consumption is recommended.
The production and consumption of food however does not only affect the wellbeing of people, but also the quality of the environment surrounding us.
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For all scientific data of the Double Pyramid Model, please visit the BCFN site.
The Mediterranean Diet is characterized by its great variety of foods and its strong nutritional balance.
In the Sixties, the biologist and physiologist Ancel Keys compared the diets and lifestyles of seven countries and the presence of cardiovascular diseases to assess their benefits and critical points. Studies demonstrated that balanced dietary habits and correct lifestyles are associated to a low cardiovascular risk, so for the first time the benefits of the diet followed in the countries of the Mediterranean area were highlighted.
Since then, many other studies have been carried out on the subject and no scientific evidence has yet emerged that contradicts the positive effects of this diet.
Because of its uniqueness, the Mediterranean diet has been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Mediterranean Diet also means regular physical activity and convivial consumption of food, a combination that makes it something more than a simple diet, bur rather a way of living.
Barilla has decided to draw inspiration from this model.