This post has been republished with permission from Bite Size Wellness.

Summer is near which also means, for some of us, travel is in our future. While your mind is likely on what to pack, what sites you will be seeing and how many hours you can clock on the beach, another thing to consider before you head out on your adventure is food. After all, food is a common language wherever you are.

The US Food Pyramid may be a thing of the past, but many countries around the world still use a version of the pyramid to share nutritional advice with their citizens. While we have adopted the MyPlate model, countries elsewhere have gotten creative with their proposed eating guidelines.

There are a lot of similarities found from country to country. Many strive to have a similar ration of proteins, grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy like the US has but others are specific to the region—like cereals being a major part of Hungary’s eating habits.

Check out the eating habits of other cultures so you know what to expect in the nutrition of each meal you are served when you are away from your homeland:

Hungary’s Food House

Visually stimulating? We think not.

 Hungarys-Food-Pyramid

Japan’s Spinning Top

The whirling upside down pyramid covers a lot of ground, but we appreciate the slot for snacks, confections and beverages.

Japanese-Food-Pyramid

Poland’s Food Pyramid

Poland’s Food Pyramid is completely photographic that is heavy on the grains with a small amount of fish and meat.

Polish-Food-Pyramid

Germany’s 3-D Pyramid

Germany is showing of with their food pyramid. Each side of the pyramid represents a different food group with a stop light-esque scale that represents the “good” food versus the “bad.”

German-Food-Pyramid

France’s Food Stairs

Physical activity is included in France’s very interesting variation of the food pyramid.

French-Food-Pyramid

Latin Dietary Pyramid

Lots of little triangles and images make up the South American diet.

Latin-American-Food-Pyramid

While the US nutritional plan we should be following looks like this:

My-Plate-US-Food-Pyramid

If you want to see the food pyramids of other countries, Huffington Post has a few more you can compare to ours here.


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